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May 5th, 2021

Insider's Guide to DVS Compliance

Insider's Guide to DVS Compliance

The Insider’s Guide to DVS Compliance

 

Driving an HGV into London is a doddle.

Said no haulage boss in 2021.

With the congestion and emission charges, FORS, and CLOCS, times have changed, and you can’t simply drive in with a delivery any more. Let’s face it, London’s a busy place and is only going to become busier. The statistics for 2019 make for grim reading with 25,341 collisions resulting in 125 deaths, 3,780 serious injuries and 26,102 minor injuries. Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists made up 81% of the total number of serious injuries and fatalities.

As a result, the Mayor has devised a Vision Zero action plan to make London’s streets safer for everyone. The overall goal is to reduce all fatalities and injuries on London’s transport network to zero by 2041.

The Zero Vision Action Plan focuses on five core areas:

  • Reducing speed limits in critical areas, as shown in this document
  • Altering junctions known to be accident hot-spots
  • Improving all road users’ behaviours through education and public information service campaigns
  • Improving the post-collision response process
  • Improving the safety of vehicles – particularly HGVs by introducing the Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

In this article, we’re focusing on that last point.

 

What is the Direct Vision Standard?

The DVS is a programme designed to make vulnerable road users like pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists safer by targeting the design and operation of HGVs.

It came into effect from 26th October 2020 and applies to all HGVs with a gross weight of 12 tonnes or more. To comply with the DVS, you have to obtain a permit covering the whole Greater London area. 

Although the system started in October 2020, TfL allowed companies up until the end of February to register for fitting before the end of May. As of the 1st June, this grace period ends, and you will be fined £550 per vehicle every time you enter London if you don’t have a DVS permit. There is no alternative.

 

How do you get a DVS permit?

Applying for a permit is pretty straightforward. If you start here, the whole process can be completed online.

That’s the easy bit.

The trickier bit is getting your vehicles to the standard needed to apply for the permit.

 

What’s involved in becoming DVS compliant?

The DVS is all about the driver’s view around them from their cab. Transport for London is working alongside vehicle manufacturers to assign a star rating from 0-5, based on how much a driver can see from their windows.

To check your vehicle’s star rating, just follow this link or contact your vehicle’s manufacturer.

Currently, your vehicle must have a minimum one-star rating to comply. But, this will rise to a minimum of a three-star rating in 2024. So, if your vehicle currently has a one-star rating or higher, you’ll be able to get the permit now.

If it doesn’t meet the one-star minimum, you will have to retrofit some equipment to make it compliant as a Safe System vehicle.

 

What safety equipment does your HGV need to be compliant with DVS?

If your vehicle is currently zero-star rated, you have to improve the following key areas by installing:

Improving driver vision

  • Class V and VI mirrors

  • Camera monitoring system

  • Sensor system with driver alerts

Warning other road users

  • Audible warning for left turns (or right turns if it’s a left-hand drive)

  • Warning signage

Minimise physical impacts

  • Side under-run protection

Bear in mind that all the above are only the minimum requirements to get a one-star rating. If you’re likely to operate that vehicle past 2024, then it may be worthwhile considering aiming at the three-star rating now.

 

How can Jets GPS help you become DVS compliant?

We supply and fit all the safety equipment your HGVs need for DVS, CLOCS and FORS compliance.

Our DVS bundle comprises:

  • Nearside and reversing cameras which the driver can view on a monitor or the OEM-fitted screen
  • Side proximity sensors to warn the driver of a pedestrian or cyclist in their blind spot when they turn left.
  • An audible warning for cyclists and pedestrians to alert them that the vehicle is about to turn left.
  • A reversing alarm to warn cyclists and pedestrians behind the vehicle that it’s about to reverse.

Contact us now on 01254 914 538 to discuss all your safety and tracking requirements now, and let’s keep you moving.