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Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

The UK has taken the lead to enforce the world’s first safety legislation, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) from Transport for London (TfL), on Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) above 12T travelling through the capital city and its surrounding area, Greater London. This safety legislation is derived from the leading industry safety standard, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS); bringing best practice to all operators.

From 28th October 2024, all 0-2 DVS star rated HGVs over 12T travelling through Great London will need to install a Progressive Safe System (PSS) before applying for a DVS Safety Permit.

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What Is a DVS Progressive Safe System?

The Progressive Safe System (PSS) is an enhanced version of the current DVS Safe System that fleet operators will need to install on their HGVs over 12T, so they can travel and operate legally within Greater London from 28th October 2024.

The new DVS Progressive Safe System shares the same purpose as the current system but boasts increased intelligence and sophistication. It aims to provide drivers with indirect vision and eliminate blind spots on the nearside of the vehicle. The key difference lies in its nearside detection system, also known as Blind Spot Information System (BSIS). This system can distinguish between stationary and moving objects, alerting the driver only when moving objects are detected. Additionally, the nearside camera monitoring system is required to completely eliminate blind spots on the nearside of both the vehicle and trailer. Finally, a front sensor detection system, known as Moving Off Information System (MOIS), needs to be fitted. Similar to the BSIS, it can distinguish between stationary and moving objects, alerting the driver only when moving objects are detected.

Do I Require a DVS Progressive Safe System

If you know the DVS star rating of your HGV is 0, 1 or 2 stars, or if you have been granted a DVS Safety Permit until 2024 only, then you will need to install a Progressive Safe System to your vehicle before reapplying for a new DVS Safety Permit.

If you are planning to have your fleet of HVGs over 12T in gross weight travelling or operating within Greater London, then you will need to find out their star ratings either from the TfL website or by emailing us your Vehicle Registration Number (VRN). We will be able to let you know whether you will need to retrofit a Progressive Safe System.

According to Transport for London (TfL), over 211,000 HGVs will need to have a new DVS Progressive Safe System fitted to be compliant before applying for the HGV Safety Permit. Be DVS compliant and avoid being fined up to £550/day!

When Do I Need To Have The DVS Progressive Safe System Fitted?

If your HGVs weigh over 12T, are rated 3 stars or below, and you are travelling or operating within Greater London, then you will need a DVS Progressive Safe System in place from 28th October 2024.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) Phase 2 application opens on 24th June 2024. HGVs with a DVS star rating of 0, 1, or 2 applying for a DVS Safety Permit after this date will need to have a Progressive Safe System (PSS) fitted to their vehicle before it can be granted.

From 28th October 2024, all HGVs over 12 tonnes travelling through Greater London will need to have a DVS star rating of 3 or higher, or a PSS fitted if their rating is lower. Operators who can prove they have ordered a PSS or booked an installation, and register this with Transport for London (TfL) before 28th October 2024, will be granted a grace period until January 31st, 2025 to get the system fitted.

Where In London is the DVS Enforceable?

The DVS map below outlines the area of London where the DVS regulation is currently in force and where permits are compulsory.

Don’t forget this will apply to ALL vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes, whether they are from the UK or traveling into London from overseas.

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