It is now just a few short days until Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and HGV Permit Scheme fines come into force. What must hauliers and HGV Operators do to avoid receiving Penalty Charge Notices?
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is a new Transport for London (TfL) HGV Safety Permit scheme for Greater London.
The first phase of the scheme requires every HGV over 12 tonnes (GVW) to have a valid HGV permit to enter the Greater London area (comprising all London boroughs, a much larger area than the Congestion Charge) or receive a £550 fine.
The rules will be in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
DVS is primarily driven by improving the safety of all road users. London has a high number of collisions involving HGVs, pedestrians, and cyclists. Between 2018 and 2020, HGVs were involved in 41 per cent of collisions where people cycling were killed and 19 per cent of collisions where a pedestrian was killed.
TfL aims to reduce this as part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan. We recently wrote about Vision Zero which aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on the world’s roads in our recent blog Vision Zero: towards safer roads, globally.
The DVS scheme was originally due to begin in October 2020, but was delayed owing to the pandemic. From 2024, vehicles will be required to be rated at least three-stars to receive a permit.