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Changes to Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

What is Direct Vision Standard? & How To Be Compliant

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for 2024, enforced since March 1st, 2021, was introduced by Transport For London. If your vehicle, in excess of 12 tonnes, fails to meet the prescribed safety level, denoted as a star rating, you must ensure that your vehicle is equipped with a Safe System and obtain an HGV Safety Permit for operations within Greater London. Failure to comply could lead to penalties of up to £550 per day. It is crucial to be aware that the DVS regulations are now being replaced by the Progressive Safety System (PSS) legislation starting from October 27th, 2023. To find out more about these changes, click this link. PROGRESSIVE SAFE SYSTEM (PSS)

Fleet Witness can help you navigate the process, make sure you’re compliant and avoid those fines. We also take a wider view and will advise on measures to provide a return on investment outside of meeting the minimum requirements.

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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DVS ‘Progressive Safe System’ 2024 Kit

With this kit, you can manoeuvre safely and comply with DVS from Transport for London.

The Minimum Star Rating
is rising

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

From 2024, all vehicles over 12 tonnes travelling into Greater London will now be required to achieve a minimum 3 star rating, an increase from the 1 star rating currently required.

Direct Vision Standard 2024

The upcoming changes to the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) for 2024 are quite significant. Starting on October 24, 2024, HGVs weighing over 12 tonnes with a safety rating of less than 3 stars will need to have extra safety gear installed. This is a big expansion from the previous DVS, which only applied to vehicles with less than 1 star. Importantly, as of midnight on October 27, 2024, all previous DVS permits will become invalid, meaning vehicles with a DVS rating of 0 to 2 stars must upgrade their safety equipment to meet the new Progressive Safe System.

To meet the DVS 2024 requirements for 0 to 2 star-rated vehicles, the Progressive Safe System is a must. These systems are designed to improve a driver’s ability to see vulnerable road users in blind spots and reduce false alarms. Smart systems will only issue warnings when there’s a real risk to pedestrians or cyclists, ignoring things like street signs, other vehicles, or road furniture. They should also have different warning levels around the vehicle, from potential danger to an imminent collision. Alerts will notify both the driver inside the vehicle and the vulnerable road user outside who’s detected in the danger zone. One of the biggest changes from the old DVS is that it now requires the detection of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) in the front blind spots, known as Moving Off Information Systems (MOIS).

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.

Call 0203 897 3600 or Click the ‘Work With Us’ button

What do you need to do?

We have broken the process down into 3 simple steps:

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.

Fleet Witness have spent the last 2-years designing and testing our own Blind Spot Detection kit. We have put together packages for the minimum required to achieve DVS compliance through to solutions that go a step further, providing a better return on investment for your fleet.

Once your equipment is installed. You will need to provide photos and complete the application form. If Fleet Witness have installed the equipment we will provide photos and help prepare your HGV Safety Permit application ready to submit to Transport For London.

DVS Map London
DVS Coverage Map

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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.

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

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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

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
Average Truck In Operation Currently
DVS Good Direct Vision
Newer Trucks With Reduced Blind Spots

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DVS Safe System Requirements

A Class V mirror must be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle

A Class VI mirror must be fitted to the front of the vehicle 

Side under-run protection must be fitted to both sides of the vehicle (except where this is impractical or proves to be impossible)

External pictorial stickers and markings must be displayed on vehicles to warn vulnerable road users of the hazards around the vehicle

DVS Blind Spot Signage

A sensor system that alerts the driver to the presence of a vulnerable road user must be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle 

DVS Kit Overview

Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning must be fitted to warn vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left

DVS Left Turn Alarm

A fully operational camera monitoring system must be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle

DVS Camera Kit

DSV Safe System Overview

Direct Vision Standard (DVS) FAQs

What is a Safe System?

The Safe System is a series of vehicle
safety measures (fitted after point of
manufacture) which are designed to
reduce the risks that HGVs present to
people walking and cycling.

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 camera is not required to record under the terms & conditions of the DVS. However, we would suggest that whilst you have gone to the expense of installing the camera it would be advantageous to pair it with a front facing camera and have both recording.

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 have the ability to revoke Safety Permits if you are found to be in breach of the conditions. As such, it is important the system is working correctly. Fleet Witness’ Blind Spot Detection kits have a remote health check function. This means that if you have the equipment linked with one our live platforms it will tell 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.

Vehicle Star Rating
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