Direct Vision Standard – Are You Ready?

Enforceable from March 2021 all Trucks with a gross weight over 12 tonnes will require a HGV Safety Permit to enter London.

Through Transport for London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) scheme, vehicles will be awarded a star rating from 0 – 5 based on the amount of direct vision the driver has through the windows when seated in the cab. Star ratings can be obtained via your vehicle manufacturer.

Indirect vision aids (known as Safe Systems) such as cameras, proximity sensors and audible warning alarms may be required to improve the view the driver has, to protect vulnerable road users including walkers and cyclists.

If you drive an HGV within Greater London without a valid permit you may receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550.

Vehicles with existing permits can have them revoked or suspended, if those vehicles are later found to be in breach of the permit terms.

With over 20 years in the commercial vehicle safety industry you can rely on our friendly team at Backwatch to help you to ensure DVS Safe System compliance. We will make sure your vehicle is fitted with the safety aids required to meet all the statutory criteria, and meet the ongoing demands of regulation.

To improve your star rating, Backwatch can assist with the following:

  • External pictorial stickers and markings displayed on vehicles to warn vulnerable road users of hazards.
  • A sensor system fitted to the nearside of the vehicle (or offside for left hand drive vehicles), alerting the driver to the presence of vulnerable road users. Click the link for more information on the Backwatch blindspot radar system and Backwatch integrated sensor and camera system.
  • Audible vehicle maneuvering warning alarm to warn other road users when the vehicle is making a turn. Click the link for more information on the Backwatch turning reverse alarm.
  • Fully operational camera monitoring system fitted to vehicle nearside (or offside for left hand drive vehicles),Click the link for more information on the Backwatch side camera.

Contact us today.