New vehicle safety standards coming to London – take action now

A new HGV safety permit based on the new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is required for all HGVs over 12 tonnes driving within Greater London.

DVS is a key part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s streets. Please be aware that:

The DVS operates in the same area as the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

The DVS uses a star rating system to rate HGVs based on how much a driver can see directly through their HGV cab windows, ranking from zero stars (lowest level of direct vision) to five stars (highest level of direct version)

To qualify for a permit, HGVs will require a minimum of a one-star rating. Vehicles rated zero stars will only be granted a permit if they are fitted with ‘safe system’ measures

The permit scheme will operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year

From 1 March 2021, HGVs not holding a permit, or in contravention of permit conditions, will be issued a £550 Penalty Charge Notice (reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days) for each day the vehicle is driven through the DVS area

Please do not delay and take action now

The permit is free to obtain and available now

Permit applications can take time to process so please apply now to ensure your vehicles have permits by 1 March 2021.

Apply for a permit here