Do I Need to be DVS ready and have my fleet meeting the Direct Vision Standard?

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Do I Need DVS?

On one hand, of course you don’t, it’s more cost and another set of regulations to manage!

On the other hand it’s your business, doing it right is vital and DVS or ‘Direct Vision Standard’ is coming to London in October 2020 like it or not!

So, do you need DVS?

To find out answer the following questions:

    1. Do you Have HGV (over 12tonne) vehicles / N3 category vehicles?
    2. Are they going into London – roughly inside the M25

If the answer was YES to both and your vehicles are not exempt:

    1. You will have apply for a FOC Safety Permit
    2. The safety permit requires that your vehicle(s) meet the minimum one star

If your vehicle(s) do not meet the one star rating they are classed as zero rated. They must be modified to meet the ‘Safe System’ requirements in order to achieve the one star rating. The Safe System is a series of vehicle safety measures/devices fitted after point of manufacture.  No specific make or brand of equipment is mandated as part of the Safe System. Click to see Pay as you Track DVS Solutions.

How Do I know what DVS rating my vehicles are?

Your vehicle manufacturer will help you with this, or the online application process is very helpful:

  • If you have a single vehicle enter the registration here
  • If you have multiple vehicles download and complete the template for all your vehicles

You will be informed what star rating your vehicle(s) fit into.

Permit duration

  • Zero star-rated with an approved Safe System will be granted a permit until 2024
  • One and two star-rated vehicles will be granted permits until 2024
  • Three, four and five star-rated vehicles will be granted a 10 year permit

In 2024 Safety Permits requirement increases to three star rating.


What vehicles are exempt from DVS?

To further complicate matters some vehicles can claim exemption, these are: as follows but please check for yourself:

  • Emergency service vehicles, such as ambulances and fire engines, which have a taxation class of ‘ambulance’ or ‘fire engine’ on the date of travel
  • Armed Forces vehicles
  • Breakdown organisations/ recovery vehicles
  • Showman’s vehicles
  • Mobile Cranes
  • Vehicles in the ‘historical’ vehicle tax class providing they are not used for commercial purposes


Failure to comply incurs fines

  1. Up to £550 per day per vehicle
  2. Up to £150 per day per driver

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic the fines will not be enforced until February 2021

When Does DVS come into Operation?

On October 26th, 2020, and it operates 365 days in the year 24 hours a day.

What is DVS?

A ‘standard’ to determine the visual capability of an HGV driver from his cab. It follows that adopting DVS must result in modifications to many existing HGV’s to meet the regulations, ‘though it’s to be expected/hoped that new HGV’s will be deliver ‘DVS ready’.

Aimed at reducing the high number of deaths and injuries resulting from collisions involving HGVs and people walking and cycling. The DVS objectively measures 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.


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