Enforcement delayed until 1st March 2021

TfL has announced that the enforcement of the DVS 2020 regulations will be introduced from 1st March 2021 at the earliest. TfL recognises that the industry is way behind in the rollout of the safety measures required and they have stated that in the light of the Covid Epidemic this will give the freight industry more time to meet the new standards.


You can now apply to be placed on the allow list;

  1. The “allow list” grants HGV operators who register with Transport for London before 1st March 2021 a “grace” period of 90 days from 1st March 2021 to enable them to comply with the DVS safety requirements. Registration is conditional on operators providing evidence of their applications or planned installation arrangements for safe system equipment to their vehicles.
  2. Operators who do not register by 1st March and/or do not hold a valid HGV Safety Permit will face enforcement action by TfL from 1st March.

What is Direct Vision Standard (DVS 2020)?

What is Direct Vision Standard (DVS 2020)?

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) is a new vision safety standard for all vehicles over 12 tonnes. This includes mobile plant machinery, such as volumetric concrete mixers. It is based on a Vision Star rating supplied by the manufacturer of the vehicle from 0-5 stars and indicates how much a driver can see directly from their HGV cab in relation to other road users. The DVS forms part of the Safety Permit for all HGVs over 12 tonnes entering London. This permit can be applied for now.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires all HGVs over 12 tonnes to be granted a permit to enter or operate in Greater London. The scheme was created by Transport for London (TFL) to improve the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be enforced on all roads within the Greater London Boundary.  The scheme comes into force on 1st March 2021 (Pushed back due to COVID-19). The DVS uses a star system to rate the vision from HGVs from zero stars (lowest) to 5 stars (highest) based only on how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows.


HGV safety permit and requirements

HGV safety permit and requirements

All lorries over 12 tonnes (GVW) entering or operating in Greater London will need to hold a valid HGV safety permit.

The HGV safety permit scheme covers Greater London and will be in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The map on the left shows where the DVS operates.


Enforcement & Penalties

Once enforcement starts, if you drive an HGV within Greater London without a valid permit you may receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550 (reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days).

We can also revoke or suspend a permit if a vehicle that has been granted a permit is later found to be in breach of the permit terms.

Read the conditions of the HGV Safety Permit.

Are You Ready for DVS 2020?

Are you ready for DVS 2020

The FTA have found that over 60% of all HGV’s over 12 tonnes will be BANNED from entering London without a permit. Use our FREE HGV Star Rating service to find out what safety equipment you need to install onto your HGV’s and apply for your permit.

Direct Vision Standard... Explained

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