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Direct Vision Standard

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU GET YOUR FLEET DVS COMPLIANT

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires operators of lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight to apply and obtain a permit to enter or operate in Greater London. Not complying to the new regulations means you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

Enforcement will be introduced from the 1st March 2021.

TFL has just introduced a Grace Period of 90 days to support operators ahead of the 1st March 2021 DVS enforcement start date. Read more…

The original date was postponed to give businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic more time to meet the new standards.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

The Direct Vision Standard measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling, near the vehicle. By adding safety equipment you will achieve your DVS star rating, eliminating the vehicles blind spots

DO YOU REQUIRE A
HGV SAFETY PERMIT?

  • The new rules apply for HGVs weighing more than 12 tonnes GVW only (not applicable to cars, taxis, vans, buses or coaches)
  • The regulations are enforced throughout the Greater London area (see map), 24 hours a day, seven days a week

The map shows you the roads affected by the HGV safety permit scheme, with enforcement taking place within the Greater London area

Central London

Inner London

 Greater London

GLA Boundary

Selected A Roads included in the LEZ

GETTING YOUR HGV SAFETY PERMIT

STEP 1

Find out your Direct Vision star rating

  • Check whether TfL holds
    a star rating for your vehicle
    tfl.gov.uk/direct-vision-permit
  • If the star rating is not available,
    then phone or email your vehicle
    manufacturer with the VIN
    number of your HGV
  • Vehicle manufacturer will
    advise the star rating
  • Send us the star rating of your
    vehicle via the TfL contact page
    tfl.gov.uk/contact-dvs
  • If zero-star – see step 2
  • If one- to five-star – see step 3

STEP 2

Safe System requirements (If your HGV rated zero star?)

  • You will need to fit additional
    safety equipment – a ‘Safe System’
  • This includes:
    » Class V and VI mirrors
    » Sideguards
    » Camera monitoring system
    » Sensor system with driver alert
    » Left-turn audible alarm
    » Warning signage
  • Once the vehicle is fitted with equipment,
    apply for a permit.

 

STEP 3

Apply for your permit

  • When ready, visit:
    tfl.gov.uk/direct-vision-permit
    to apply for a permit online
  • Enter vehicle details (or multiple
    vehicles via a spreadsheet template)
    and check ratings
  • Enter operator details
  • Enter contact details
  • If zero star
    » Upload two photos of
    Safe System equipment
    » Submit your application
    » Application will be reviewed
    and accepted (permit issued) or
    rejected with reasons (re-apply)
  • If one- to five-star – the electronic
    permit will be granted

HOW THE ECHOMASTER TEAM CAN HELP

We have put together a range of vehicle safety products to support operators in becoming DVS compliant. Our UK-based project and development teams work with over 7000 OEM, OES, installation centres and fleet operators. Delivering off the shelf and bespoke solutions.

Useful links

Below are a selection of useful links


Check and apply for your star rating

Find out the direct vision star rating of your heavy goods vehicle (HGV) over 12 tonnes and apply for a permit if necessary


HGV Safety Permit Guide – Download

Download the TFL HGV safety Permit Guide


EchoMaster DVS Compliant Kits

Download the latest EchoMaster compliant solutions

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