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Direct Vision Standard

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Posted on: 12/10/2020

From 26th October 2020, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) requires all lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight to be granted a permit to enter or operate in Greater London.

The scheme is based on a vehicle star rating (0*-5*), which measures how much an HGV driver can see directly from the cab in relation to other road users. Your vehicle will be issued the rating by your vehicle’s manufacturer and will be based on how your vehicle left the production line, not taking any aftermarket safety systems into account.

The DVS enforcement area covers all of Greater London.
DVS Enforcement Area

If your vehicle does not meet the minimum DVS star rating (1*), you will need to make your vehicle safer by fitting it with Safe System improvements.

Meet the minimum DVS star rating

A vehicle can have a rating of zero stars (the lowest rating, with poor direct vision) up to five stars (the highest rating with excellent direct vision).

When your HGV is rated one to five stars, you can apply for a permit without the need to provide any additional evidence.

Alternatively, if your HGV is rated zero stars, you will need to make your vehicle safer by fitting it with Safe System improvements.

Safe System Measures: Improving HGV Safety

To apply for a permit as a zero star rated vehicle, you will need to fit your vehicle with all the safety equipment listed below to improve indirect vision and help drivers see near the vehicle.
• Class V and VI mirrors
• A fully operational camera monitoring system
• A sensor system with driver alerts – To warn road users of intended manoeuvres
• An audible vehicle manoeuvring warning for left turns (or right turns if the vehicle is left-hand drive)
• Warning signage – To minimise the physical impact of a hazard
• Side-underrun protection

Zero star vehicles with an approved Safe System will be granted a permit until 25 October 2024 (when the Progressive Safe System will be required for vehicles rated two-star or below).

Progressive Safe System

The Safe System will be reviewed and consulted in 2022 and will take into account any additional technology or safety equipment not currently available.

Any new equipment or technology proposed for the Progressive Safe System must be retrofittable to HGVs, industry recognised and readily available on the market at the time.

From October 2024, HGVs rated below three stars will need to feature the Progressive Safe System.

How Daltec Can Help

Here at Daltec we have been distributing vehicle safety products and offering nationwide installation support for over 20 years.

We have an extensive range of vehicle safety products that will help you achieve a higher star rating, keeping your vehicle on the road and your business going.

Shop our Direct Vision Standard Kit here.

Contact us today to see how else we can help.

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