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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.

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