Direct Vision Standard
What is Direct Vision Standard Star Rating?
Firstly let’s start with what is Direct Vision? From October 2020, all vehicles more than 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) will require an HGV safety permit to operate in Greater London
The DVS will objectively measure a driver’s direct view through the windows of an HGV cab. This is communicated as a star rating from zero (poor) to five (excellent), which indicates the level of risk to people walking and cycling near the vehicle.
Why Direct Vision Standard?
Direct Vision was launched by the mayor of London, created to improve the safety of all road users. Vision Zero means ensuring the street environment incorporates safe speeds, safe behaviours, safe street design and safe vehicles to target road danger at its source.
All HGV’s more than 12 tonnes entering or operating in Greater London from 26th October 2020 will need to hold a safety permit. will be issued from October 2019. The scheme will be enforced from 26th October across Greater London 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How do I make my vehicle compliant?
If your vehicle meets the minimum DVS star rating you will be granted a permit.
From 26 October 2020, the minimum DVS rating will be one star to enter or operate in Greater London and this will then increase to a minimum of three stars in 2024.
If your vehicle does not meet the DVS star rating or is not rated, you will need to meet the ‘Safe System’ requirements to be granted a permit
Under the scheme proposals, it would be unlawful to:
• Operate an HGV more than 12 tonnes GVW in Greater London
without a permit
• Breach Safe System permit conditions