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What is Direct Vision Standard (DVS)?

What is Direct Vision Standard (DVS)?
A new legislation, enforced by Transport for London (TfL), means all goods vehicles over 12 tonnes entering or operating in Greater London need a valid safety permit, including vehicles from outside of the UK (if the vehicle doesn’t meet the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) star rating).

The Direct Vision standard was designed to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. The scheme covers most of Greater London and operational 24/7, to view a map of where it operates, please click here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/dvs-where-and-when

What is the Direct Vision Standard star rating?
The ‘star rating’ measures how much an HGV driver can see directly from the cab, on a scale of 0-5. Issued by the vehicle manufacturer, the star rating is based on how the vehicle leaves the production line. Any vehicles that do not meet the minimum requirement of 1 needs to comply with the Safe System that requires installation of extra devices. The Safe System will not alter the vehicles star rating but will permit a vehicle to drive into Greater London.

To find out a vehicles star rating, vehicle operators will need to contact the vehicle manufacturers, with the VIN number to hand.

Please Note: The minimum DVS star rating requirement will increase to 3 by 2024.

What to do if your vehicle is zero rated
You must comply with the requirements of the Safe System; a range of measures to ensure the overall safety of the vehicle is improved and aid indirect vision. Our partner Brigade have created a specially compiled DVS Safe System Kit to help streamline the process. There are two kits available, one for rigid vehicles and one for articulated vehicles, both kits being compliant with the Direct Vision Standard.

What happens if you don’t comply?
Implemented by a decriminalised Traffic Regulation Order, the scheme means a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of £550 per day, can be issued. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras also allow vehicles to be checked with TfL’s permit database.

How to apply for a permit
Permits must be granted before travelling through the area. Applying for a permit is free, to apply you will need to complete the TfL online application form which you can find here: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/dvs-safety-permit-application/


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