What London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) means for OEMs

London’s Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is the world’s first initiative to categorise heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in terms of a driver’s field of vision from the cab. HGVs will be given a safety rating and only those that meet the minimum requirements for direct vision, or can show equivalent measures to reduce risks to vulnerable road users, will be given a safety permit to operate on the streets of London. Permits are due to start being issued by the end of 2019.

Why DVS is being introduced

The DVS is part of a broader initiative by Transport for London (TfL) to achieve zero serious accidents or fatalities on London’s roads by 2041.
Heavy goods vehicles are involved in 20% of pedestrian fatalities and around 60% of cyclist fatalities on London’s streets. This is despite HGVs making up only 4% of road miles driven in the city.

HGV blind spots have been identified as a major contributory factor in fatal collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists, leading TfL to work with the freight industry and safety experts, such as Brigade, to address the issue.

How DVS will work

All heavy goods vehicles weighing over 12 tonnes will need an HGV Safety Permit to operate in London. They will be given a rating between zero (lowest) to five (highest), based on how much the driver can see directly through the cab windows, as opposed to indirectly via mirrors or vehicle safety cameras.

Vehicles that fail to qualify for a safety permit will have to be retrofitted with safety equipment, such as cameras to eliminate blind spots and reversing alarms. For more details, see TfL’s website.

The scheme is under consultation until July 2019 but from October 26th 2019, permit issuing will commence. By October 26th 2020, all zero-rated HGVs over 12 tonnes will be banned from London’s streets unless they have a Safe System in place.

In 2024, all zero to two-star rated HGVs will be banned and only those achieving a three-star rating and above will be permitted to drive on London streets.

DVS Safe System

Many vehicles are likely to have a zero rating when DVS is launched. However, they can reach the required standard using the DVS Safe System. This is a combination of supplementary safety equipment to aid drivers. TfL is encouraging the use of supplementary vehicle safety equipment on all HGVs under the DVS scheme.

The Safe System includes:

Side cameras and monitors
Side and front ultrasonic detection systems
Left turn audible alerts
Side underrun (side guards) protection
Vehicle signage
Driver training
Working with OEMs
Our HGV products can be fitted at point of manufacture as well as via adapter cables. We have a full range of adapters to aid commercial vehicle safety, which will link our best-selling products to HGVs. Our range of OEM adapter cables allows for easy retrofit of cameras to existing in-cab monitors for makes such as DAF, Volvo, Scania, MAN, Fendt and Iveco

Our 360-degree vehicle camera systems can completely eliminate blind spots. Backeye®360 is an intelligent camera monitor system, which gives a complete surround view of live images taken from four ultra-wide-angle cameras mounted high on the vehicle – a ‘bird’s-eye view’ that leaves nothing to chance.

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