The Direct Vision Standard - Everything YOU Need To Know!

FIVE things YOU need to know about The Direct Vision Standard

From 1st March 2021 it will be an offence for any vehicle over 12 tons to enter London without the minimum required equipment.

The scheme was created to improve the safety of all road users, particularly vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. HGVs are a major contributor to fatalities, in 2016, 23% of pedestrian and 50% of cyclist deaths involved an HGV, despite HGVs making up only 4% of road miles in London. (TFL, 2018).

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rates HGVs which are over 12 tons from 0 Stars (lowest) to 5 stars (highest). The Direct Vision Standard is based on the measurement of driver’s vision through the windows of the HGV cab.

The equipment required to meet the requirements will consist of:

1.) A fully operational Blind Spot camera monitoring system with an in cab monitor.

2.) A side detection sensor system with driver alerts to be fitted the near side of the vehicle.

3.) An audible *left-turn alarm to be fitted to the vehicle to warn road users when the vehicle is manoeuvring left.

4.) Side-underrun protection with class V and VI mirrors.

5.) External pictorial stickers and markings shall be displayed on the vehicles to warn road users of hazards around the vehicle.

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*All European left-hand side drivers will require the equivalent for the right-hand side blind spot.

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What happens if I don’t have a DVS permit by 1st March 2021?

A hefty fine will be given to both the operator and the driver if the vehicle enters greater London without a DVS safety permit after 1st March 2021.


HGV operators who register with TFL before 1st March 2021 and provide documentation will be put onto an “allow list, this gives the operator 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. 

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How long is the DVS safety permit valid for?

One and two star-rated vehicle permits will be valid until 2024. Three to five star-rated vehicle safety permits will be valid for 10 years from the date the DVS safety permit was granted.

Parksafe Blind Spot Kits when used with Class V and VI mirrors and approved side under-run protection, will achieve a Three Star rating, ensuring the DVS permit is valid for 10 years.

If you require a Five Star rating then additional modification of the vehicle’s windows is necessary, to give the driver unhindered vision from the cab to the road side.


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