Posted January 16th, 2020

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 vehicle.

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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