Announcement on enforcement of DVS safety permits

TfL Press Releases – London freight operators urged to apply for a Direct Vision Standard safety permit as soon as possible as the countdown to enforcement begins

  • From 1 March, TfL’s lorry safety scheme will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be enforced on all roads in the capital
  • The operators of many thousands of HGVs on London’s roads have not yet applied for a required free safety permit
  • Freight operators are reminded that a tighter Low Emission Zone standard will also be enforced from the same date

Transport for London (TfL) is reminding heavy goods vehicle (HGV) operators to apply for a free safety permit as soon as possible, with less than two months to go until the introduction of London’s pioneering Direct Vision Standard. Enforcement will begin on 1 March, by which time all owners of HGVs over 12 tonnes – including those rated between one-star and five-star – will need to display a valid permit to continue operating the capital.

TfL’s Direct Vision Standard will play a vital role in eliminating death and serious injuries from London’s streets. Introduced with the support of London Councils, it is set to reduce lethal blind spots by introducing a permit system for HGVs, assigning vehicles a star rating based on how much the driver can see directly through their cab window.

So far, more than 50,000 safety permits have been issued. However, there remain many thousands of HGVs on London’s roads whose operators have not yet applied for a required free safety permit. HGV owners are advised to check TfL’s online vehicle registration checker to see the star rating of their HGV and apply for a safety permit urgently if they have not already done so. While TfL will process all permit applications as quickly as possible, operators are advised that applications may take between 10 and 28 days to process.

The introduction of the Direct Vision Standard forms part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2041.

Credit: TfL Press Office

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