Time is running out for Direct Vision Standard Permits

dvs deadline


Time is running out for Direct Vision Standard Permits


From the 1st of March 2021, all lorries over 12-tonnes gross vehicle weight will need a permit to operate in Greater London.  

Failure to meet the new standards will result in a penalty charge notice of £555 per day.


Grace Period

The ongoing pandemic has made a significant impact on the installation of the required equipment. Transport for London has offered those companies who have applied but not had the necessary equipment installed a 90-day grace period.


What is DVS?

The Direct Vision Standard 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.

The Direct Vision Standard and HGV 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.


Where is the Enforcement Area?

The area that this is being enforced is much more than inner London, it stretches all the way out to the M25 in places. Have a look at the map which shows you the areas where regulation is being enforced.


What do I need to Apply?

All lorries over 12-tonnes (GVW) entering or operating in Greater London will need to hold a valid HGV safety permit.

The HGV safety permit scheme covers Greater London and will be in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Applying is free of charge.


What Equipment do I need?

DVS standards are categorized based on the drivers’ ability to view their surroundings:


  • A – Zero Stars
  • B – One Star
  • C – Three Stars
  • D – Five Stars


Vehicles in Category A will face a fine if they do not reach the required level of compliance. To make a Category A vehicle complaint, many additional pieces of equipment can be purchased. These include cameras, sensors and alarms.  


How Can Cambrian Help?

Through our partnership with Trakm8, we provide solutions that could help you achieve higher ratings for your fleet vehicles. They also demonstrate to your customers your commitment to road safety.















Time is running out for Direct Vision Standard Permits