Everything you need to know about DVS

Add cameras to your HGVs and be compliant for London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

London is banning HGV blind spots.

As of March 2021, all HGV’s operating in Greater London require cameras in order to meet the Direct Vision Standards.
Get a permit to drive within the M25 or pay a £550 fine for driving in Greater London.

London’s Direct Vision Standard explained

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is a new law, designed to cut road injuries in London resulting from HGVs with driver blind-spots. As of March 2021, lorry owners must eliminate all blind spots by adding camera equipment and other enhancements to driver vision.

We supply and fit all the camera systems you need and we can advise on your options for a range of budgets. We have a huge variety of cameras and in-cab monitors to make sure your vehicles are not only DVS compliant but less likely to be involved in accidents.

These ‘Safe System’ upgrades will become even more demanding in 2024. Plan ahead and make the full upgrade in one go, to save money in the long run.

Once HGVs are ungraded as necessary, their owners must get a permit from the Transport for London (TFL) website.

All HGV operators that enter London without the correct safety equipment from March 2021 will be fined £550 every time his vehicle enters Greater London.

Which vehicles does the DVS apply to?

HGVs with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 12 tonnes or more

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HGVs registered overseas

Not buses

Not Coaches

Not vehicles below 12 tonnes

Where exactly does this new law apply?

  • All roads in Greater London
  • All 32 London boroughs and the City of London
  • Every A-road leading into London from the M25

When did this start?

Enforced from March 2021

How is this law going to be enforced?

  • You will be given a permit reference number
  • Your permit will be an electronic record
  • HGV license plates will be checked by traffic cameras in Greater London
  • Owners of HGVs without DVS permits will be fined £550

Why has the DVS been introduced?

  • 26,000 people injured on London roads in 2018 (Source: Transport for London)
  • 63% of cyclist deaths and 25% of pedestrian deaths in London involved HGVs
  • The Vision Zero plan aims to bring road deaths and injuries in London down to zero by 2041.

How do I get my HGVs ready?

  1. Check your vehicle’s star rating.
  2. Purchase ‘Safe System’ equipment if necessary.
  3. Head over to TFL and apply for a permit online.

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Add ‘Safe System’ equipment if your HGV scores 0 stars

To improve your zero star HGV to meet the new law, you MUST make ALL of the additions defined below. Together, they are called the ‘Safe System’.

Taking these steps means you increase the driver’s vision around the vehicle. You also make people in susceptible situations near the vehicle alert to the risks, and you reduce the probability of severe injury if misfortune happens.

The monitors in the cab must be positioned so the driver can check them without taking his eyes off other significant views for too long while manoeuvring.

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