New London permits required

Cyclist besides a HGV Cat C Lorry

If you operate HGV’s within the M25 you need a DVS permit or
you could risk getting a £550 fine per day that you aren’t complying. This is a
requirement for all 12-tonne and above vehicles entering London.

This is a scheme that has been compiled in order to make
London safer for pedestrians and cyclists and will be effective as of 1st
October 2020
. The enforcement covers all areas of Inner and Outer London,
covering “all of the main trunk roads coming into London”. The M25 isn’t
included in the enforcement zone but is used as a guide.

How does it work?

The Direct
Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicle is a new vision safety standard
for all vehicles that are 12-tonnes and over. The safety standard is based on
the Vision Star rating which each vehicle is given by its manufacturer, this
rating is between 0 and 5 depending on how much drivers can directly see from
the cab in regards to other road users.

The permit
which is approved by TFL is available to be applied for now and is requires by
all drivers wanting to enter the enforcement zone. The permit is free and will
be enforced every day of the week, 24 hours a day.

Do you need a permit?

Every vehicle with a 0-star rating will be banned without a
permit as of 26th October 2020 and all 0,1, and 2-star
vehicles will be banned as of 26th October 2024 if they don’t
have a permit.

The DVS “Safe System”

The “Safe
System” is an array of safety requirements and equipment that must be adhered
to before you can apply for a permit, you must prove this system has been
installed before you can be granted a permit.

The Safety
System needs to cover:

  • Blind spot vision for the driver
  • Warning speakers that tell the public that the vehicle is turning left
  • Side impact barriers

The blind
spot requirement can be covered by Cameras and mirrors or just cameras as long
as they meet the specification. An in-cab monitor is needed as well as alerts
when someone is in the sensor area.

The warning
speaker needs to be able to be heard by pedestrians and cyclists from up to 1
meter, warning stickers must also be visible on the side and rear of the

How could it affect you

There are many different ways in which this can affect all
areas of the logistics industry. Without obtaining these permits drivers will
not be able to enter the enforcement zone, making journeys much more difficult
for drivers as you will need to find alternative routes and won’t be able to
deliver within this area.

Additionally, transport managers will have to take more
precautions when planning journeys to avoid these areas.

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