Transition between DVS and FORS Silver

August 31, 2023

HGV Driver

The differences between DVS and FORS Silver is a question frequently raised, usually to be followed hot on its heels by: Can I apply for FORS Silver when I have the DVS system fitted?

What Does Direct Vision Standard Require?

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. This stipulation applies to all HGV vehicles over 12 tonnes.

** Updated 3 September 2023.

There are some changes happening in the world of DVS. Starting in October 2024, the minimum star rating requirement will increase from 1 to 3 stars. Additionally, there will be changes in technology that will require operators to replace equipment. Learn more about DVS changes in 2024.

What is required for FORS Silver Accreditation?

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.

In addition, for Rigid HGVs over 7.5 tonnes, a reversing camera and reversing alarm are required as mandatory items to be fitted.

The minimum system is defined by FORS as “Shall” which indicates mandatory. They also introduce the term “Should” which states that it is recommended, which applies to a blind spot camera on the front and save digital recording of incidents. A third term “May” relates to emerging technology that may be fitted which would apply to 360˚ camera systems.

At RS Connect, if customers are looking to add the recommended additions, we can easily upgrade DVS systems to include additional cameras and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to save digital recordings.

Can I Apply For FORS Silver I Have DVS?

If an operator has fitted the DVS system to their fleet, then they can apply for FORS Silver. But before applying for FORS Silver you must first apply for FORS Bronze. From applying for FORS Bronze to being able to apply for FORS Silver can take a month if the Bronze audit passes without a hitch.

It is, therefore, better to take action sooner rather than later. Information about the FORS program can be found here. You can also download the free FORS information pack from RS Connect.

If I have FORS Silver Accreditation, Do I Still Need To Apply For A DVS permit?

Operators who are FORS Silver compliant must apply separately for their TfL DVS permits. Although the vehicle may be DVS compliant with the system regulations as defined by TfL, there is no automatic link. Click here to apply for a permit.

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