New HGV vision standards coming to London

Jan 28 | 2020

From 26 October, 2020, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) scheme will require HGVs over 12 tonnes entering or operating in London to have a safety permit.

The Transport for London (TfL) scheme will operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week within Greater London.

Using a star system, DVS will rate HGVs from zero (lowest) to five (highest) stars, based on how much a driver can see directly through their HGV cab windows.

To qualify for a permit, HGVs will be required to meet a minimum one-star rating or fit ‘safe system’ measures. A ‘safe system’ improves a vehicle’s overall safety through measures such as sensors, camera systems and visual warnings.

Operators can check their vehicles’ star rating and apply for a permit here. There is no charge for permits but HGVs over 12 tonnes entering Greater London after 26 October without a permit will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice of £550.

TfL says its intention is for the scheme to improve the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.