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Direct Vision Standard

Our qualified technicians fit the kit you need, Blind Spot Camera, Side Camera, Monitor, Audible left turn alert and more. We also diagnose and repair DVS systems faults.

Are you in need of a Direct Vision Standard kit fitted? We can reach you anywhere you are in London and Surrey region.

Everything You Need to Know About London’s Direct Vision Standard

What is the Direct Vision Standard?

London’s Direct Vision Standard was launched in October 2019, and it is a new regulation for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). The system is designed to help make London streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists by eliminating HGV driver blind spots. To reduce the blind spots, HGV owners will be required to add cameras and other safety equipment to enhance a driver’s vision. The DVS comes into force on 1st March 2021. It required all vehicles entering Greater London with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) exceeding 12 tonnes to comply by applying for and obtaining a Safety Permit. The Safety Permit will allow these vehicles, including vehicles from outside the UK, to enter and operate in Greater London. For failure to comply, offenders will receive Penalty Charge Notice.

How will DVS help in Road Safety, and why was it introduced?

The Direct Vision Standard is a safety standard that shows how much an HGV driver can see directly from their HGV cab windows in relation to other road uses. Based on the vehicle manufacturer’s Vision Star rating supplied, DVS shows the level of risk subjected to vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, near HGV vehicles.

As part of Vision Zero by the Mayor of London, the Direct Vision Standard and HGV safety permits aim to eliminate all the cases of serious injuries and deaths caused by accidents on London’s transport network by 2041. According to TfL:

  • Approximately 30,000 have been injured on London roads in the past four years.
  • HGVs are involved in 63% of road accidents resulting in the death of cyclists.
  • HGVs are involved in 25% of all fatal pedestrian accidents in London.

“DVS will be enforced by the Transport for London (TfL).”

To which vehicles does DVS apply?

  • HGVs that have a Gross Vehicle Weight of 12 tones.
  • Vehicles under the N3 category.
  • Foreign registered HGVs.

Which vehicles are exempted from DVS?

  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • Vehicles with a GVW of less than 12 tones
  • Off-road specialist construction vehicles such as cranes

When is the DVS enforcement date?

According to the TfL, the DVS regulations will be enforced from 1st March 2021. The initial enforcement date was set for 26th October 2020. However, this date was pushed forward to allow HGC owners more time to comply with the standards as they faced a serious shortage of supplies due to the coronavirus pandemic.

What is the DVS Grace Period?

TfL is giving a 90-day grace period to support HGV owners who have ordered the safe system components of DVS systems but have experienced delays in delivery and fitting. HGV owners will be required to submit evidence from the system fitter or garage, including documentation containing the details of your appointment and Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) to the TfL before 1st March to be eligible for the grace period.

After reviewing the request, TfL will notify you of the outcome through writing. After the Safe System equipment is installed, HGV owners must comply with the DVS Permit Application procedure. Grace period application must be made before 1st March 2021 as any late requests not be eligible.

Where is the exact DVS enforcement area?

The area where the new DVS law applies is large, covering all the inner and outer London and all major truck roads into London. The DVS enforcement area covers:

  • Greater London roads
  • Every one of the 32 London boroughs
  • The City of London
  • Every A-road from the M25 into London

How is the DVS law going to be enforced, and what are the penalties?

The DVS regulation will be enforced through a decriminalized Traffic Regulation Order. Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras will capture a vehicle’s VRN, which will be cross-referenced with the TfL’s electronic permit database. HGVs driven within Greater London without a valid permit will be issued with a penalty charge notice even if they meet all the relevant permit requirements but lack a permit.

  • Drivers of HGVs without DVS a valid permit will be fined £130
  • Owners of HGVs without DVS a valid permit will be fined £550

How to get a Heavy Goods Vehicle DVS compliant?

Follow these three steps to get your HGV compliant with the TfL London’s Direct Vision Standard.

  • Check the star ratings of your HGV as provided by the manufacturer.
  • Source for and fit the ‘Safe System’ equipment necessary to make your HGV compliant.
  • Go to the TfL website and submit an online application.

How do you determine a HGV’s star rating?

Based on the measure of how much a HGV driver can see from the cab, all HGVs are given a star rating. The highest rating is a five, while the lowest rating scores a zero. HGV owners can check the star rating of their vehicles here. Simply input the vehicle’s license plate to check its star rating. For vehicles that the TfL does not have its records, you’ll have to send TfL a certificate from the vehicle manufacturer. To get a star rating certificate, you’ll have to send the manufacturer the chassis number (VIN) of your vehicle. You’ll then upload this certificate to the TfL website through the ‘make an enquiry’ form.

When do I need to upgrade my HGV?

According to TfL guidelines on DVS, HGVs with a star rating of one to five stars do not need any upgrades at the moment to drive in London. For HGVs with a star rating score of zero stars, ‘Safe System’ vision-enhancing equipment must be added.  Zero-star ratings indicate that the driver seated in the HGV cab has a minimal direct vision to his left. This blind spot prevents drivers from seeing children, cyclists or motorbikes riders, or pedestrians within 4.5 meters of the HGV vehicle. HGVs with a score of one or two stars will need ‘Safe System’ vision-enhancing equipment by 2024 as the rules will become stricter with DVS permits for HGVs with less than three stars rating expiring.

At SP88, we can help you purchase and install the Safe System vision-enhancing equipment. Here are the benefits you’ll get by upgrading your HGV now:

  • Make the HGVs safer and reduce the risk of damage.
  • Reduce the insurance liability claims risk by the driver.
  • Make the roads safer by reducing the risk of injuring other road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists.

What is the DVS Permit Application Process?

The number of steps involved during the application for a TfL DVS permit varies depending on the Star rating for the HGV vehicle. TfL estimated that there are about 35,000 zero-rated HGVs currently entering London, while a further over 100,000 HGV trucks are rated one or two stars. The Star rating system is crucial as it determines the safety equipment that should be fitted in a HGV. For fully upgraded vehicles, permit application can be done online for free.

HGV owners will need to input the following:

  • Vehicle details
  • The vehicle’s star rating
  • Details of the driver
  • Contact details of the HGV owner
  • Two photos of the ‘safe system’ vision-enhancing equipment installed in the HGV if the vehicle has a zero-star rating

” For rejected applications, TfL will give you the reasons, and you are allowed to re-apply.”

Permits are registered to HGV and their owner and not transferable.

What is the cost of DVS’ Safe System’ vision-enhancing equipment for zero-star rated HGVs?

To make zero-star rated HGVs compliant with the DVS regulations, additions, such as Camera Monitoring System, Sensor System, Speaking Alarm, Warning Stickers, must be made. These additions combine to make the ‘Safe System’ vision-enhancing equipment.

Sp88 can help you purchase and fit all the equipment included in the ‘Safe System’ vision-enhancing equipment. We inspect the HGV and offer our client’s advice on the safety equipment needed to make each vehicle DVS compliant. We give HGV owners free no-obligation quote on safety equipment options for a range of budgets starting from £550 for the equipment and £350 for installation. With the DVS regulations set to become even more demanding in 2024, we’ve stocked a huge variety of safety equipment such as cameras and in-cab monitors to ensure your HGV is DVS compliant for the longer term and also less likely cause in accidents due to blind spots.

What we offer HGV owners

Mirrors and Vehicle Camera Monitoring System

Having mirrors and a high-quality camera monitor system fitted on the nearside of your HGV is compulsory. The operational camera monitoring system aims at eliminating or reducing the big blind spot on the nearside of a vehicle. The camera monitoring system consists of a monitor and mounted side view cameras, while class VI mirrors are mounted on the front of the HGV. We’ll advise you on the best available camera system technology to fit your vehicle to meet this requirement for DVS compliance.

Sensor System

A sensor system consisting of at least 4-sensors to alert drivers of objects close to the nearside blind spot should be installed to attain DVS compliance. The sensor system is a piece of vital safety equipment to have as it covers the blind spot where cyclists or pedestrians often can go undetected.

For rigid vehicles, sensors must cover six meters on the nearside or one meter from the rear of the vehicle, whichever is smaller. Extra front sensors are recommended. Sensor systems should not be triggered by parked cars or non-moving objects like trees.

Audible Vehicle Maneuvering Warning System

An audible vehicle maneuvering warning system should be installed on HGVs to warn other road users when the vehicle is turning left. This system should activate when the left turn indicator signal is turned on and should have 65-88 decibels. Using a combination of real-speech and white sound, this alert system should be used between 11 PM and 7 AM.

Pictorial Warning Stickers

DVS’ Safe System’ required that pictorial warning stickers and markings are added on the outside of HGVs to help to create awareness by warning people when they are in the driver’s blind spot.

Flat Guard Side Under-Run Protection

Flat guard side under-run protection panels have to be fitted on both sides of HGV vehicles. These side protection panels ensure that people do not slide under the vehicle in case of an accident. Slipping between the axles of a moving HGV vehicle is dangerous can easily cause fatal injuries.

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