PB Direct Vision Standard (DVS)
PB Direct Vision Standard (DVS) Systems
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires all lorries over 12 tonnes gross vehicle weight to be granted a permit to enter or operate in Greater London. The scheme was created to improve the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
We have developed a range of Direct Vision Standard safety systems to ensure your vehicles meet the minimum requirements for the legislation.
03/02/21 – TFL has confirmed that the DVS Deadline Will Not Be Extended
TFL has confirmed that the DVS Deadline Will Not Be Extended but Operators Who Apply Before March Can Expect Leniency.
With Brexit concerns and COVID lockdown, TFL have announced that whilst the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) deadline will not be extended, some leniency will be applied. However, operators who fall short of the star rating requirement must make their applications before 1st March deadline even if they have not yet fitted equipment to vehicles. This will add them to an “allow list” to prevent them from receiving fines.
Operators must still apply for permits prior to 1st March and prove that they have both purchased products and have a fitting organised. This will provide operators with up to 90 extra days to complete fitment. We are working closely with TFL and Logistics UK to understand how we can support customers with regards to this latest announcement.
For example, TFL will now aim to process multi-applications within 10 days rather than 28, single-vehicle applications will be processed within one working day of receipt. Manufacturers will also be issuing star rating certificates for new vehicles which will further speed up the process.
What Should Operators Do to Join the Allow List?
Owners of zero-star-rated vehicles are required to fit safe systems and then apply for their permit with photographic evidence of installation. The process for getting these vehicles on the allow list is as follows:
1. Operators must submit evidence from the fitter/garage concerned on branded documentation with details of their appointment and Vehicle Registration Number(s), before 1st March, emailing with attachments to DVSGracePeriod@TfL.gov.uk.
2. TfL will review the request and send written confirmation of the outcome: if the request is accepted, the vehicle will be added to the “allow list” and avoid Penalty Charge Notices for infractions of DVS Safety Permit requirements for up to 90 days after 1st March. Operators requiring safe systems must take action before 1st March 2021 to get that work scheduled. Those informing us of a delay after this date will not be eligible for the grace period.
3. As soon as Safe System equipment has been fitted, the DVS Permit Application process must be followed as set out at https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/direct-vision-in-heavy-goods-vehicles/apply-for-an-hgv-safety-permit, applying with the required photographic evidence.
You can view our article on Direct Vision Standard here.
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