What is Direct Vision Standard?

Enforced by Transport for London (TfL), the legislation is based on a ‘star rating’ indicating how much a driver can see from the cab in relation to other road users.

This rating (0-5) is based on how the vehicle left the production line and will not take into account any aftermarket safety systems that have been fitted.

HGVs that do not meet the minimum requirement of 1 star need to comply with the Safe System, which requires the installation of extra devices for indirect vision (similar to FORS & CLOCS specifications).

Complying with the Safe System will not alter the vehicle’s star rating, but will permit you to drive into Greater London.

Vehicles that do not meet the minimum requirement of 1 star, or those that have not complied with the Safe System, will be banned from entering Greater London from 26th October 2020.

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Recent installations of DVS

Ed Barrie from SM UK takes us round a recent installation of a commercial vehicle safety system.

This vehicle now meets the Direct Vision Standard requirements and will be eligible for the permit required from 26th October.

The Safe System includes nearside blindspot camera, side scan and left turn warning.

Allow List – 90 Day Grace Period

More details about the DVS ‘Allow List’ have now been confirmed by Transport for London.

For operators who will be entering and operating in Greater London from 1st March, but have yet to have a Safe System installed to their 0 star rated vehicles, a 90 day grace period has been introduced.

To qualify for the Allow List, proof of a future installation needs to be supplied.
SM UK can provide evidence of your booking date, with detail of the equipment to be installed, all from our bespoke bookings system, which you can submit along with vehicle details to TfL’s dedicated email address: DVSGracePeriod@TfL.gov.uk

Once your Safe System equipment has been fitted, you must then follow the DVS Permit Application process.

Update from TFL

Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, fines from TfL have been postponed until 1st March 2021, DVS still becomes Traffic Law from 26th October 2020. This means that, if an accident were to occur in Greater London and the vehicle didn’t meet the required standard, the operator could face civil damages, and insurers may fail to pay out if an operator has not met legislative requirements.

Transport for London have responded: “Not complying with the scheme wouldn’t automatically lead to liability in the event of a collision. Whether freight operators would be liable in civil or criminal proceedings would primarily depend on the circumstances. However, compliance with best practice safety standards would be relevant.”

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Find out your star rating

Need help finding out the star rating for your vehicles?

SM UK can help. Simply provide us with the make, registration and VIN number for your vehicles, and we can contact the manufacturer on your behalf to find out the star rating.

To take us up on this offer, or for any questions around Direct Vision Standard, email info@smfleet.co.uk

How can SM UK help?

SM UK have a range of products to help operators meet the requirements of the Safe System for Direct Vision Standard.

Camera Monitor Systems

Camera Monitor Systems

High quality camera and monitor that offer blind spot coverage at a cost effective price.
Recommended: Mobile Digital Recording (MDR) stores all footgage

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Ultrasonic Obstacle Detection

A sensor system to inform driver of objects within close proximity in the nearside blindspots where cyclists or pedestrians can go undetected.
Recommended: Speed switch turns system off above 20mph

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Warning Alarms

Side turn warning for cyclists and pedestrians. Activates on left turn indication. A combination of white noise and real speech.
Recommended: Night time cut-off switch for use between 11:30pm – 7am

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Truck Door Windows

Adding a high quality glass panel to the passenger side door is a great option for improving the direct vision for drivers.

As SM UK are specialists in commercial vehicle safety, we are well equipped to help you and your fleet meet Direct Vision Standard and ensure you avoid the costly fines that will be issued to those without permits.

We provide nationwide coverage with our team of expert mobile engineers, or jobs can be completed in our state of the art workshops in Leeds and Tamworth. SM UK also holds Stage 2 and Stage 3 Type Approval, meaning we can carry out installations pre-registration, ideal for any new trucks you may be taking on that do not meet the DVS star rating.

Have a question about DVS?

For any help regarding Direct Vision Standard, get in touch with SM UK and one of our specialists will be in touch to guide you through the process.