What is Direct Vision Standard?
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for HGVs is part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2041.
The Direct Vision Standard will be implemented and enforced by TfL and measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling near the vehicle.
How can RS Connect help with DVS Systems?
At RS Connect we have extensive experience in supplying and installing DVS systems on a range of HGV vehicles and are available to provide advice on what is needed to be compliant with the new regulations. We have been liaising with TfL throughout the process, and are specialists in all areas of the regulations. The DVS systems – including installation – provided by RS Connect start from £795 Ex VAT per system. We can provide D1, HD or Full HD Blind Spot cameras as part of the DVS System.
What are DVS star ratings?
The legislation is based on what is termed a “Star rating” of the vehicle. This measures a driver’s direct view through the windows of an HGV cab. This is catalogued as part of a star rating from zero (poor) to five (excellent). Every vehicle manufacturer will issue a star rating for your vehicle.
HGVs that do not meet the minimum requirement of one star will need to comply with the Safe System which requires the installation of additional devices as part of an indirect vision system. Complying with the Safe System will not alter the vehicle’s overall star rating but will permit you to drive into the Greater London Area without incurring a fine.
Each RS Connect DVS Compliance Kit will consist of the following items:
After completion of the installation, we will take the required photographs and forward them to the customer so that the permit can be easily applied.
Any new equipment or technology proposed for the Progressive Safe System must be retrofittable to HGVs, industry-recognised and readily available on the market at the time.
From October 2024, HGVs rated below three stars will need to feature the Progressive Safe System.
Vehicles that have a Three, Four and Five-star rating will be granted a 10-year permit.
Frequently asked questions about DVS (Direct Vision Standard)
How we help fleet managers with the direct vision standard
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Difference between Direct Vision Standard andFORS Silver
Customers usually ask what the difference between these forms of fleet compliance are. DVS as defined by TfL requires a camera looking down the blind spot side of the vehicle connected to a monitor and side scan sensors fitted down the length of a rigid or a tractor unit, coupled with a turn left alarm. As is the case with DVS, the FORS Silver minimum requires a camera that monitors the near-side vehicle blind spot, monitor, side scan sensors and turn left alarm to be fitted to all HGV vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.
Confused by the differences between DVS and FORS Silver? Find out more here.