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Streamline your fleet operations, both on the road and behind the desk.

Effortlessly digitise your workflow and enhance operational efficiency with the Fleet Witness App. This user-friendly app empowers your fleet managers to efficiently handle daily tasks and access top-tier navigation, all within a single, intuitive solution.

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Key Features

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Track and monitor

Gain insights into real-time or chosen time period driving data, mileage, and precise locations for your fleet with Fleet Witness. Effortlessly monitor your vehicles using tracking devices seamlessly integrated into your vehicle fleet.

Detailed Journey Reports

Unlock in-depth journey insights with Fleet Witness. Generate comprehensive journey reports that provide a detailed view of your fleet’s travel history, empowering you with valuable data and analytics to enhance your operational efficiency.

Simplify Job Orders

Effortlessly manage job orders with Fleet Witness. Seamlessly integrate Google Maps and Apple Maps to enhance navigation and location accuracy, ensuring your job orders are efficiently assigned, tracked, and completed, all within a user-friendly platform.

Vehicle Checks & Compliance

Ensure vehicle compliance with ease through Fleet Witness. Implement a streamlined vehicle inspection process, empowering your drivers to perform comprehensive and hassle-free checks, all seamlessly integrated into your fleet management system.

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Understanding the DVS rating score system

The score system is based on the drivers direct visibility whilst sat in the driving seat. If your vehicle scores zero stars then you will be required to fit a Safe System. As you can see below most trucks currently on the road will fall into this category.

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A Zero Star Eye Point
B One Star Eye Point
C Two Star Eye Point
D Three Star Eye Point
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Progressive Safe System (PSS) – DVS

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New Progressive Safe System recommended by Transport For London

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What Is The Progressive Safe System for DVS 2024

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Transport for London (TFL) is now proposing a significant upgrade to the existing Direct Vision Standard (DVS) ‘Safe System.’ This upgraded system is known as the Progressive Safe System (PSS) DVS 2024 and is scheduled for implementation starting October 2024.

Starting from October 28, 2024, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) with safety ratings falling below three stars will be required to incorporate the Progressive Safe System. For further information regarding the impending Direct Vision Standard 2024, please refer to our technical details below.

Should you need any assistance with the implementation of the Progressive Safe System or seek guidance, please feel free to reach out to us. Our team is dedicated to aiding you in navigating these new requirements and ensuring your full compliance.
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The Progressive Safe System (PSS) DVS 2024 star rating

When do I need to have the DVS 2024 Progressive Safe System (PSS) Fitted?

Starting in October 2024, if your Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) weigh over 12T and have a safety rating of 3 stars or lower. To operate in Greater London, a DVS Progressive Safe System is required for a Safety Permit, enabling legal travel within the area. Transport for London (TfL) recently concluded a public consultation on the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for 2024 and the proposed specifications for the Progressive Safe System. Permits granted after October 2024 will be valid for 10 years.

This is the first step to establish what equipment you will require. You can contact your vehicle manufacturer, or simply send us a fleet list and we’ll complete this work for you free of charge.

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Unveiling Two Solutions to Your Compliance Needs

MOVING OFF INFORMATION SYSTEM (MOIS)

We offer a solution that meets the new requirements for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). Our front sensor system is designed to activate in response to proximity information signals. This effectively detects the presence of pedestrians or cyclists.

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BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM (BSIS)

Our solution includes installing Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS) to your vehicle. Our BSIS sensor provides complete nearside coverage without false triggers. It is able to do so by distinguishing roadside furniture from stationary vehicles, ensuring your safety on the road.

 
 

*To comply with the new 2024 DVS regulation, your vehicle must be equipped with both a MOIS system and a Blind Spot system.

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Detailed Requirements For The Progressive Safe System (PSS) in 2024

Equipment fitted to your vehicle as part of meeting the PSS must comply with the specification set out here.

Operators must ensure that their equipment for indirect vision, including Blind Spot & Moving Off Information Systems (MOIS), is fully operational. Both sensor systems must meet the performance requirements in the accompanying PSS technical specifications. This is available online at Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit

Both sensor systems must meet the performance requirements in the accompanying PSS technical specifications, available online at tfl.gov.uk/dvs

Regardless of whether mirrors are already fitted, install a camera monitoring system to eliminate blind spots on the nearside of the vehicle. Position in-cab monitors near a window edge or existing mirror location to minimize driver distraction. A mirror replacement camera system may serve as an alternative to fitting Class V and VI mirrors.

Additionally, a mirror replacement camera system can be used as an alternative to fitting Class V and VI mirrors. Monitors intended solely for displaying blind spots related to low-speed maneuvering may deactivate at speeds above 20mph.

Note that the installation of this camera monitoring system and the BSIS system, is optional and not currently required to conform to the new PSS legislation. While it offers a valuable solution for eliminating all nearside blind spots, compliance is not mandatory.

To ensure comprehensive coverage along the nearside of the vehicle, install blind spot information systems. These sensors should not activate in response to stationary vehicles or roadside furniture unless a collision is imminent.

For articulated vehicles, position sensors strategically on the tractor unit to provide sufficient nearside coverage without triggering by the trailer itself. These sensors should enable detection within the defined zone, including areas adjacent to a semi-trailer. Tailor the specific implementation to what works best for the technology supplier and the vehicle operator.

Blind spot information systems are required to be installed in the vehicle to ensure comprehensive coverage along the nearside of the vehicle. It is essential that these sensors do not activate in response to stationary vehicles or roadside furniture unless a collision is imminent.

For articulated vehicles, sensors must be strategically positioned on the tractor unit to offer sufficient coverage of the nearside without being triggered by the trailer itself. These sensors should enable detection within the defined zone, including areas adjacent to a semi-trailer. The specific implementation can be tailored to what works best for the technology supplier and the vehicle operator.

 

Mandated vehicles must have audible warning equipment to alert nearby pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users of turning manoeuvres. The volume of this warning, measured at a one-meter distance from the sounder, should range from 65 to 88 decibels/dB(A).

Operators are encouraged to install an audible warning system combining spoken warnings and white noise. Ideally, such devices should require minimal driver intervention and include a manual on/off switch for use between 23:30 and 07:00.

For left-hand drive vehicles, fitting an audible vehicle manoeuvring warning is imperative to alert pedestrians and cyclists during right turns.

Display warning signage on the rear of the Rigid Vehicle & any trailer unit in use, not the front tractor unit.

Design the signage to warn people walking and cycling of the hazards posed when near the vehicle.

Ensure the signage is not offensive or does not give instructional advice to people walking and cycling. The text point size must be legible to a cyclist or pedestrian at a reasonable distance from the vehicle.

Use signage of at least A3 size.

Where in London is the DVS 2024 Enforceable?

Where in London is the DVS Enforceable?

The map displayed below illustrates the geographical region within London where the DVS (Direct Vision Standard) regulation is presently in effect. It’s important to note that this regulation is applicable to all vehicles exceeding a weight of 12 tonnes. Irrespective of origin, whether originating from the United Kingdom or entering London from foreign locations.

Applying for DVS Permit

Find the star rating for your vehicle​

Find out the DVS star rating of your heavy goods vehicle (HGV) over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight and apply for a permit if required.

Install the necessary equipment and signage​

Install a DVS Progressive Safe System (if your HGV DVS star rating is less than three)

Submit your application

Once you have completed the previous 2 steps, head back over to the TfL’s portal and start the DVS application for your HGV.

Penalties

Starting 26 October 2020, driving an HGV in London without a valid permit can result in a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550. This amount is reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days, with a separate £130 fine for the driver.

TFL can also revoke or suspend a permit if a vehicle that has been granted a permit is later found to be in breach of the permit terms.

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Stay compliant, stay confident

Meeting vehicle safety compliance standards is no longer just a moral obligation, but a legal requirement that cannot be ignored. Our comprehensive approach to vehicle compliance, backed by years of expertise, ensures that your fleet remains compliant and up-to-date with industry regulations, enabling you to operate with confidence and avoid costly penalties.

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Our carefully curated products not only ensure vehicle and road user safety, but also help you achieve FORS compliance and DVS regulations. Our complete solutions cover a range of vehicle types and include equipment for clear blind spot observation and critical incident video footage capture. Our expert Sales team can customize solutions to meet your unique needs and satisfy your customers’ requirements.

Direct Vision Standard 2024

In the 2024 Direct Vision Standard (DVS) changes, HGVs over 12 tonnes with safety ratings below 3 stars must install extra safety gear starting on October 24, 2024. This expands the scope from the previous 1-star requirement. As of October 27, 2024, all existing DVS permits become invalid, obliging 0 to 2-star-rated vehicles to upgrade to the Progressive Safe System. This system enhances driver visibility of vulnerable road users in blind spots, minimizes false alarms, and alerts both drivers and detected road users of potential risks. Notably, the new DVS mandates the detection of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) in front blind spots, known as Moving Off Information Systems (MOIS).

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Tailored Daily Vehicle Checks for Optimal Fleet Safety and Functionality

With the Fleet Witness app, drivers can perform daily vehicle checks that are tailored to the specific needs of your fleet. Our app ensures that all crucial areas are covered, including the condition of the vehicle bodywork, windscreen, windows, and lights, as well as the condition of the tyres, pressure, and wear. We also check brake and clutch fluid levels, and confirm the function of the seatbelts and horn. Additionally, our app schedules routine service appointments to keep your fleet operating at optimal performance. Importantly, we make use of the DVLAS’ API to import vehicle data, enabling us to obtain MOT dates and other essential vehicle information. Our app empowers your drivers to maintain the safety and functionality of your fleet, all while saving time and streamlining the vehicle check process.

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We offer a range of products and solutions that allow Fleet Operators to get Bronze, Silver or Gold accreditation.

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Vehicle Tracking

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Streamline operations, reduce costs, and optimise performance

At Fleet Witness, we understand the importance of effective vehicle tracking in optimising fleet operations and reducing expenses. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of vehicle tracking services to meet the unique needs of your business. Our team of experts provides independent advice and innovative solutions to help you select the best technology and software to track your vehicles in real-time, monitor driver behaviour, and reduce fuel consumption. We’re committed to providing exceptional service and ensuring that you get the most out of your investment in vehicle tracking technology. With Fleet Witness, you can streamline your fleet operations, improve driver safety, and increase your bottom line.

What do vehicle trackers do?

A vehicle tracker is a device that is installed in a vehicle to track its movements and monitor various aspects of its operation while on the move.

This includes real-time information such as the vehicle’s location, speed, and driving behaviour, which is transmitted using the GPS satellite system via a 4G connection. Our vehicle trackers are discreet, phone-sized devices that are installed under the dashboard for security and aesthetic purposes.

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Fleet Witness offers cutting-edge GPS tracking and intelligent geofencing features, providing unparalleled real-time visibility to enhance route efficiency and elevate customer service standards.

Advanced fuel and vehicle diagnostics

Streamline preventive maintenance, minimise downtime, pinpoint fuel inefficiencies, and optimise your fleet size using utilisation data.
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All you need to know about vehicle tracking systems

A GPS device designed for vehicle tracking is installed in the vehicle to facilitate live monitoring of its movements. The tracking system acquires crucial information such as the vehicle’s location, distance covered, speed, fuel consumption, idle duration, and any incidents of sudden braking or sharp turns.

A vehicle tracking GPS device offers numerous benefits for businesses that operate fleets of vehicles. By providing real-time tracking of a vehicle’s movements, the system enables improved fleet management through the identification of efficient routes, reduction of fuel consumption, and minimisation of idle time. Additionally, the device enhances customer service by providing accurate delivery schedules and ensuring timely deliveries. Safety and security are also improved by monitoring driver behaviour, reducing the risk of accidents, and helping to locate and recover stolen vehicles. Overall, the use of a tracking GPS device can increase productivity, streamline operations, and lead to cost savings on fuel, maintenance, insurance, and unauthorised vehicle use.

Vehicle tracking can be used to monitor the hours of service for drivers, which is particularly important for HGV drivers who may otherwise drive for too long. Additionally, vehicle tracking can help you adhere to regular maintenance schedules to ensure that your vehicles are roadworthy and meet emissions regulations.

Analysing data through reports enables you to proactively optimise the routes for your drivers. This ensures that the routes covered are the most efficient, avoiding overlap and reducing the distance travelled. By doing so, you can save on fuel consumption, ultimately saving money for your business. Furthermore, reducing idle time can extend the lifespan of your vehicles.

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Increase your operational efficiency and decrease expenses by utilising real-time vehicle tracking.

Fleet Witness is a comprehensive vehicle tracking solution that offers you real-time access to your entire fleet’s location and performance via our proprietary software.
With Fleet Witness, you can monitor your vehicles’ activities minute-by-minute, and gain valuable insights into driver behaviour and fuel consumption.

Our full report suite includes detailed information on speeding, idling, as well as excel exports and scheduled email reports. This allows you to stay on top of your fleet’s performance and make data-driven decisions that improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Find out everything you need to know about fleet tracking.

Increase fleet visibility with our vehicle tracking app.

Fleet Witness provides reliable and innovative GPS vehicle tracking and routing solutions that can revolutionise the way you manage your fleet. 
Our real-time GPS tracking technology combined with advanced fleet management tools help you track and manage your fleet, maximising utilisation and productivity while reducing fuel usage.

By utilising our proven solutions, you can access valuable insights into driver behaviour and vehicle performance, helping you make informed decisions to optimise your fleet’s utilisation. With our GPS tracking technology, you can monitor your fleet’s location and performance, enhancing your overall fleet management experience.

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Driver Identification Fobs

Driver identification fobs can be a valuable tool for enhancing fleet management by providing real-time tracking and monitoring of driver performance. Additionally, driver identification fobs can help enhance security by providing detailed information on vehicle use and driver behaviour, enabling fleet managers to quickly detect and respond to unauthorised use or theft.

Live Fleet Tracking

The live map displays the locations of all of your vehicles. Fleet Witness Live updates every few seconds so you’ll always know where your vehicles are at anytime. Icons and columns can be customised, showing you the most relevant information. The user interface is cleanly designed and gives you the ability to adjust the layout to suit your preference

Geo-Fence Alerts

Geo-fencing is a powerful tool that allows you to define virtual boundaries around specific geographic areas, and receive real-time alerts when your vehicles enter or exit these zones. This can help you improve fleet management by enabling you to monitor driver behaviour, track vehicle locations, and optimise routing and delivery schedules. Additionally, geo-fencing can be used to enhance security by detecting and preventing unauthorised vehicle use or theft.

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Flexible Reporting​

Our report builder gives you the ability to select high level data points. Each report can be manually run, or scheduled to drop into your inbox at regular intervals. Our Utilisation report provides a useful overview of the most commonly required metrics, as well as displaying your running costs. You can also choose from mileage, expenses, out-of-hours, site visits and many others. If you have a specific requirement, we can create and configure the report your specification.

Legal Compliance

Invest in Fleet Witness to ensure that your company's fleet remains fully insured, trained, and compliant with regulations, even as your business grows. Our integrated solution streamlines compliance processes and reduces the risk of fines or penalties, allowing you to focus on driving business success.

Improve Fuel Management

With our comprehensive fuel management tools, fleet managers can monitor fuel consumption, optimise routes, and reduce idling time, all of which can significantly lower fuel costs and reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, our solution can help detect instances of fuel theft or misuse, providing additional cost savings and security benefits.

Real-Time Camera Feeds

Our on-board DVRs allow you to have up to eight cameras connected. You can quickly select and view live video on demand. Review historical video using either the date and time, or use a point on the map to locate the piece of footage that you need. With a click of a button, you are able to download and save footage for reviewing later. It’s in a friendly format, ready to play on any media player without the need to convert.

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FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme)

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Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)

Why Compliance Matters

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The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) stands as a highly regarded program affirming a business’s dedication to safety and sustainability, widely acknowledged within the UK logistics industry. Beyond mere recognition, FORS provides an array of tools and training programs aiding drivers and fleet managers in assessing and improving their performance, while concurrently reducing fuel consumption across all operational facets. Fleet Witness not only offers recognition but also supplies FORS kits facilitating compliance with Bronze, Silver, and Gold FORS standards, ensuring seamless adherence to FORS compliance for your business.

FORS Bronze

Fleet Witness provides all the equipment your business needs to comply with this Bronze FORS accreditation, and can come to your site and install this equipment as you require.

  • Class V mirror on nearside
  • Class VI mirror at front
  • Side under-run protection on both sides (except where impractical)
  • External markings to warn vulnerable road users.

FORS Silver

In order to achieve FORS Silver status, an initial Bronze accreditation must be obtained. The emphasis is then placed more heavily on ensuring physical safety of the vehicle, including the mandatory installation of specific equipment items listed below.

  • Blind Spot Cameras
  • Side Scan Sensor Systems
  • Left Turn Alarms
  • Reversing Alarms

FORS Gold

FORS Gold requires the same vehicle safety system as FORS Silver.



  • A camera system that monitors the near-side vehicle blind spot.
  • An in-cab display screen to provide the driver with a view of the near-side blind spot.

Why should I consider FORS?

There are a number of reasons it can be beneficial to move to FORS Silver level.

  • FORS accreditation demonstrates commitment to managing road risk
  • Potential cost savings through improved fuel efficiency across fleet
  • Companies adhering to FORS standards typically experience a reduction in incidents, leading to further savings
  • FORS accreditation signifies high standards in legal compliance, safety, efficiency, and environmental protection
  • FORS Silver is often a contractual/procurement requirement when tendering for work
  • FORS accreditation helps attract and retain environmentally-conscious staff
  • Compliance with TfL’s WRRR standards ensures safe system requirements for DVS permit applications to enter London.

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All you need to know about Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)

Bronze requirement V6 and Silver requirement S6 for vehicle safety equipment were revised at version 5 of the FORS Standard to align with the DVS Safe System improvements for right-hand drive vehicles. This means that Silver and Gold members with right-hand drive vehicles that are zero-star rated, but fitted with ALL safety equipment in accordance with V6 AND S6, meet the safety requirements to obtain a permit and do not need to fit additional equipment. However, all FORS members operating vehicles over 12 tonnes, regardless of their level of accreditation, must still apply for the HGV Safety Permit in order to drive in London.

CLOCS is a set of road safety requirements that the construction client expects within the supply chain – FORS is a quality standard for fleet operations that is recognised by the client.

FORS Approval is valid for twelve (12) months duration to ensure that all content remains valid and is updated with industry and legislative changes.

You can expect to receive your audit report and results within 10 working days from when the audit was conducted.

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Direct Vision Standard (DVS 2024)

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The new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) requires HGVs to install a Progressive Safe System Kit before October 2024 to operate in London.

What is Direct Vision Standard?

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is a safety regulation set by Transport for London (TfL) that requires Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) weighing over 12 tonnes to have a permit to operate in Greater London. Established in March 2021, the regulation aims to enhance safety for all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) focuses on the visibility of vulnerable road users (VRU) from the drivers view. The standard aims to reduce vehicle blind spots around a HGV where the level of risk to vulnerable road users is high. This includes pedestrians and cyclists near the vehicle’s blind spots. Starting in March 2021, HGVs over 12 tonnes must obtain a DVS permit to operate in the DVS Zone, with some exceptions. Failure to comply can result in a penalty notice from TfL.

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Direct Vision Standard (DVS) Requirements

To obtain a DVS Safety Permit, the requirements depend on your vehicle’s star rating. Starting from March 2021, vehicles with a star rating between 1 and 5 can get a permit without any changes. However, vehicles with a 0-star rating must install a Safe System before they can qualify for the Safety Permit.

DVS permits are free and valid until 27th October 2024. The Direct Vision requirements will change in October 2024. From 24 June 2024, vehicles with a star rating between 3 and 5 can get a permit without additional modifications. Those with a rating of 0 to 2 stars must install a Progressive Safe System to be eligible for a Safety Permit. All existing DVS Safety Permits will expire at midnight on 27th October 2024. After that, every vehicle over 12 tonnes must reapply for a Safety Permit. Any vehicle rated between 0 and 2 stars must have a Progressive Safe System installed, even if it had DVS equipment or a permit before this date.

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Understanding the Direct Vision Standard(DVS)

Gain a deeper understanding of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and how it impacts road safety through our informative video. This feature provides a comprehensive look at how our advanced safety solutions help comply with these new regulations, ensuring your fleet meets the necessary safety standards.

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Direct Vision Standard 2024 (DVS 2024)

Starting October 28, 2024, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 12 tonnes with a star rating below 3 will need to install extra safety equipment. This change is part of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) updates, which previously focused on vehicles with a star rating below 1. After October 27, 2024, all existing DVS permits will be invalidated, requiring HGVs with a DVS rating of 0 to 2 stars to add new safety equipment to meet the updated Progressive Safe System requirements.

The updated DVS 2024 emphasises broader coverage of blind spots.

The new system has been designed to increase driver visibility for vulnerable road users (VRUs) in blind spots and to minimise false alerts. Warnings should be triggered by active smart systems only when there’s a genuine risk to pedestrians or cyclists. Street signs, street furniture, and other vehicles are not to trigger responses. Detection zones are set up around the vehicle, with alerts triggered inside the cab for drivers and outside for VRUs in danger zones. A key change from the current DVS standards is the need to detect VRUs in front vehicle blind spots, known as Moving Off Information Systems (MOIS).

The Progressive Safe System aligns with other regulatory schemes, including existing and upcoming standards from the European Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Fleet Witness’s Progressive Safe System is built to meet UNECE Regulation 151 on Blind Spot Information Systems (BSIS) and UNECE Regulation 159 on Moving Off Information Systems (MOIS). The system meets all DVS 2024 compliance requirements and is currently available either as a supply-only product or with nationwide installation by our certified engineers.

The Minimum Direct Vision Standard 2024 (DVS) star rating will soon be increasing.

DVS Star Rating for HGV Vehicles.

All Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) over 12 tonnes are assigned a safety star rating by their manufacturers. The ratings range from 0 to 5 stars, with 0 stars indicating the lowest level of safety. A 5-star rating represents the highest level of safety. These ratings reflect the amount of visibility a driver has from the cab window. The star rating indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users near the vehicle.

By 2024, all vehicles with fewer than 3 stars must install a DVS Progressive Safe System to comply with new safety regulations.

Progressive Safe System

An active blind spot information system (BSIS) must be installed on the nearside of vehicles to alert drivers about nearby vulnerable road users. The sensors should not react to roadside fixtures or stationary vehicles. In articulated vehicles, sensors should be strategically placed on the tractor unit. This placement should cover the nearside without being triggered by the trailer itself.

A moving-off information system (MOIS) must be installed at the front of the vehicle. This system uses a camera monitoring system to alert the driver to vulnerable road users. This system should activate when the vehicle is stationary and escalate the alert if the vehicle is about to move off. A visual signal showing the vulnerable road user in the front blind spot, along with an audible alarm, should be given if a collision becomes imminent.

Current requirements for Class V and VI mirrors, audible manoeuvring warnings, side underrun protection, and external pictorial stickers remain mostly unchanged.
Our Progressive Safe System is designed in line with UNECE Regulation 151 and UNECE Regulation 159.

Fleet Witness’s PSS System meets all the requirements for TfL’s Progressive Safe System for the DVS 2024. It is available now for supply or nationwide installation by our approved engineers.

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Understanding the DVS rating score system

The score system is based on the drivers direct visibility whilst sat in the driving seat. If your vehicle scores zero stars then you will be required to fit a Safe System. As you can see below most trucks currently on the road will fall into this category.

Category Description
A Zero Star Eye Point
B One Star Eye Point
C Two Star Eye Point
D Three Star Eye Point
DVS Good Direct Vision

Applying for DVS Permit

Find the star rating for your vehicle​

This is the first step in determining the equipment you will need. You can contact your vehicle manufacturer for assistance. Alternatively, you can send us a fleet list, and we’ll handle it for you at no cost.

Install the necessary equipment and signage​

Over the last 2 years, Fleet Witness has designed and tested our own Blind Spot Detection kit. We have assembled packages that range from the minimum needed for DVS compliance to more comprehensive solutions. These advanced options offer a better return on investment for your fleet.

DVS Application

After installing your equipment, you will need to provide photos and complete the application form. If Fleet Witness has installed the equipment, we will provide photos to document the installation. We will also assist in preparing your HGV Safety Permit application for submission to Transport for London.

Penalties

Starting 26 October 2020, driving an HGV in London without a valid permit can result in a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550. This amount is reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days, with a separate £130 fine for the driver.

TFL can also revoke or suspend a permit if a vehicle that has been granted a permit is later found to be in breach of the permit terms.

Direct Vision Standard (DVS) FAQs

What is a Safe System?

A Safe System includes a set of vehicle safety measures added after manufacture. These measures are designed to reduce the risks that HGVs pose to pedestrians and cyclists.

Is it a legal requirement?

Yes, it is unlawful to operate a HGV over 12T within Greater London since the 1st March 2021. Doing so could result in fines of up to £550 per day.

Does the side camera need to be recording?

No, the DVS doesn’t require the camera to record. However, since you’ve installed it, pairing it with a front-facing camera and having both record would be beneficial.

How do I obtain a permit?

You can apply to TfL, there is no charge for the application itself. Fleet Witness can help with this process.

Is the DVS scheme in place anywhere outside London?

No, not currently.

What happens if the Safe System equipment fails and I’m caught in breach of the permit scheme?

TfL has the ability to revoke Safety Permits if they find you are in breach of the conditions. Therefore, it is crucial that the system works correctly. Fleet Witness’ Blind Spot Detection kits feature a remote health check function. If the equipment is linked with one of our live platforms, it will notify you if a sensor fails.

How long does it take to have a vehicle installed with a Safe System?

The minimum equipment required will take 3-4 hours to install, depending on the vehicle.

Will I also qualify for FORs?

Yes, the equipment installed will also be relevant for FORs silver certification but only if a reverse alarm is also present.

Van Tracking

Trackers For Commercial
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It’s no secret that vans, or light commercial vehicles, form the foundation of many small enterprises in the UK. Every day, they help tradespeople and many other industries complete their work efficiently. Because LCVs are sometimes loaded with pricey instruments worth thousands of pounds, having one stolen may be fatal to a company.
Many owners of light commercial vehicles are looking for new strategies to safeguard their investments. Fleet Witness can provide van tracking to safeguard your company and provides real-time, round-the-clock monitoring of your commercial vehicle.

Temperature Monitoring

With our advanced temperature monitoring, you can ensure the safe and efficient transportation of your temperature-sensitive goods.

Driver Identification

Ensure the safety and security of your fleet with our driver identification system. Know who is behind the wheel at all times.

On board CCTV

Our on-board DVRs allow you to have up to eight cameras connected. You can quickly select and view live video on demand.

See where your vehicles are

Fleet Witness Live updates every few seconds so you’ll always know where your vehicles are at anytime.

We are always happy to talk about your requirements and any specific issues you may be facing. Our sales consultants will put together a bespoke solution to suit your business.

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GPS tracking benefits & savings

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Real-time GPS vehicle monitoring and routing for fleet
management. A GPS tracker can completely transform
your business. Our proven solutions work together to help
you manage and track your fleet in order to maximise
utilisation and productivity while reducing fuel
consumption.

Driver Key Fobs

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Driver identification fobs can be a valuable tool for enhancing fleet management by providing real-time tracking and monitoring of driver performance. Additionally, driver identification fobs can help enhance security by providing detailed information on vehicle use and driver behaviour, enabling fleet managers to quickly detect and respond to unauthorized use or theft.​

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The Benefits
Why you should consider purchasing a Tracker device for your LCV or van:

  • Highly developed and put to use in the actual world.
  • Dependable hardware and specially created software.
  • All items support 4G.
  • Live and archived reporting
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Our Experts

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Fleet Witness can assist you in planning the deployment
and organising installations. We have a staff of expert
fitters throughout the UK to assist you were they can 
should you require an installation.

Geo-Fence Alerts

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Geo-fence will notify you whenever a tracker enters or
exits a specified region. Geo-fence alerts are configured
by place and time, and you will be alerted whenever a
vehicle enters or departs a location for a certain amount
of time. You should be certain that your automobiles are
not moving after hours.

Vehicle Reports

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Our report builder gives you the ability to select high level data points. Each report can be manually run, or scheduled to drop into your inbox at regular intervals.
Our Utilisation report provides a useful overview of the most commonly required metrics, as well as displaying
your running costs.

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The Casper Data Interface Standard

The Casper Data Interface Standard

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New Gatwick Airport Policy

New policy enforces vehicles operated at Gatwick Airport to be equipped with suitable Geo Tagging and Telematics systems.

Nominated vehicles, self-propelled motorised equipment, and other equipment as made aware by the company and operated by the operator at the airport must be outfitted with appropriate Geo Tagging and Telematics systems. Furthermore, for motorised vehicles, the solution must enable access monitoring via a driver swipe in system, which allows the company to identify the driver, so that any unauthorised use of equipment is discovered and reported, as well as auditing and user management capabilities.

What do you need to do?

Take the first step towards streamlined and compliant data management by giving us a call today to discuss how we can best help you.

Once we have determined what equipment is required for your vehicle(s), we will commission an engineer for installation and check that all equipment is in accordance with the policy.

Casper is a data management interface standard that can be used for geo tagging and telematics by providing a way to store and manage data. This data is then stored providing a tamper-proof and immutable record of the location and movements of assets or vehicles. The added security ensures that the data is protected from any unauthorised access. This makes Casper a powerful solution for managing location based data in industries such as transportation and logistics.

According to London Gatwick Airport’s new regulation, all vehicles will be required to keep thorough records of their position and movements. The policy applies to all eligible vehicles operated by the operator, regardless of whether the vehicles are owned or leased from a supplier or are in service through other means. The policy must be followed regardless of length of service.
Companies can use Casper to ensure that their location-based data is tamper-proof and that they meet these compliance requirements.

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The following criteria must be met:

The solution must also be capable of transmitting the ‘Nominated Data’ which is required to be communicated to GAL.

As a minimum, the solution must identify and report unauthorised use to an appropriate management contact within the Operator’s organisation. The solution may optionally incorporate an immobilise feature that prevents the engine from running if these conditions have not been met.

The Services need to be supported by the Supplier according to the Service Levels stipulated by GAL as a minimum.

The Operators must ensure their Geo Tagging Solution meets the requirements set out above, and further detailed below. GAL can supply a recommended vendor list, on request, based on the vendors with solution capability to meet these requirements.

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The following criteria must be met:

The solution must also be capable of transmitting the ‘Nominated Data’ which is required to be communicated to GAL.

As a minimum, the solution must identify and report unauthorised use to an appropriate management contact within the Operator’s organisation. The solution may optionally incorporate an immobilise feature that prevents the engine from running if these conditions have not been met.

The Services need to be supported by the Supplier according to the Service Levels stipulated by GAL as a minimum.

The Operators must ensure their Geo Tagging Solution meets the requirements set out above, and further detailed below. GAL can supply a recommended vendor list, on request, based on the vendors with solution capability to meet these requirements.

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Smooth airport operations and outstanding efficiency

100% accountability of everything important to the business - ground vehicles, equipment, goods and valuable assets are being tracked, monitored, and optimised.

It boosts workforce discipline, desirable vehicle and equipment usage habits, and work ethics

With a system in place helps improve a company's reputation, optimise a workflow, and save operating costs.

Geo-fence alerts

Geo-fence alerts are defined by location and time, and you will be notified anytime a vehicle enters or exits a location. You should always be aware of where your vehicles are.

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Daily Vehicle Checks LGV Fleets

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Daily Vehicle Checks LGV Fleets

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Are daily vehicle checks for LGV fleets really necessary?

Why do I need to do them?

There is no specific legislation that demands that a business should carry out pre – journey checks on a commercial vehicle under 3500kg, so as a owner or operator of a Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) fleet should you bother?

There are several compelling benefits in incorporating this short task into your drivers daily routine;

The answer is YES!

  • Duty of Care
  • Safety
  • Performance
  • Advanced Telematics Dashboard
  • Driver Monitoring
  • View Real Time Footage
  • Vehicle Maintenance and MOT Scheduling
  • Detailed Journey Reports
  • Geofencing Capabilities
  • Ongoing Customer service and Support

 

Duty of Care

Although as we stated at the top of this article there is no actual specific legislative requirement to carry out daily vehicle checks on your LGV fleet – the employer does have a Duty of Care to ensure that all vehicles that are used for work purposes are safe and compliant.

Safety

Data from the DfT reveals that 3894 road traffic accidents between 2013 -2018 were caused by faulty brakes alone. The cumulative cost of an incident involving a vehicle being driven for work can be enormous, not merely the insurance premium increase, but the knock on costs of – driver injury, HSE involvement, fines, reputational effect, the list goes on.

A quick and easy check list undertaken daily can identify issues before they become a safety concern and can, where correctly undertaken and recorded, prove that correct process was undertaken thereby reducing the onus on the fleet operator

Performance

Daily vehicle Checks allow you to identify vehicle problems before the vehicle breaks down and must be taken off the road.

Breakdowns and unscheduled repair work has a damaging impact on service performance across your mobile fleet, a preventative approach to maintenance not only reduces risk for the driver and the operator but also reduces costs by attending faults before they become extensive repairs.

For instance, identifying a dashboard warning light – which if not reported and of course acted upon can have expensive consequences – often an issue with multi driver vehicles.

At Fleet Witness we understand that the collection and storage of the daily vehicle checks can be onerous for the fleet operator, so we have included in our software a specific function that will collect and collate the daily vehicle checks enabling the fleet manager to identify and act upon the necessary issues in a simple and timely manner, and then schedule the required maintenance so avoiding unexpected breakdowns.

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