Proposed Updates to HGV Safety Permit Scheme and Direct Vision Standard: Ensuring Safer Roads

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In pursuit of its Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate road fatalities and serious injuries in London by 2041, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, introduced the world-leading Direct Vision Standard (DVS) in 2019. The DVS is designed to enhance the safety of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) by addressing blind spots that contribute to tragic accidents. Transport for London (TfL) has recently proposed updates to the HGV Safety Permit Scheme and DVS, set to be implemented in October 2024. This article aims to provide insights into the proposed changes and address frequently asked questions.


Purpose of the DVS Update

TfL’s proposed updates intend to establish a Progressive Safe System (PSS) that builds upon the existing 2019 Safe System. The PSS ensures that HGV operators in London utilise the latest safety technology and equipment. Starting October 2024, the minimum DVS rating for HGVs entering and operating in Greater London will increase from one star to three stars. Vehicles with a two-star rating or lower must adopt the PSS and provide evidence of compliance to obtain a permit.


Proposed Updates

While these updates are currently in the consultation phase, the proposed changes include:

  •          Recognition of the potential of camera systems in improving vehicle safety and eliminating blind spots
  •           Inclusion of sensor systems for trailers
  •           Activation of sensor systems within a range of 2m along the vehicle’s entire length, while avoiding interference from street furniture or parked vehicles
  •           Mandatory compliance with the DVS scheme (changing from “should” to “must”)
  •           Requirement of Progressive Safe Systems for vehicles not meeting Safety Permit Scheme requirements
  •           Permission for camera systems to replace class four, five, and six mirrors, ensuring comprehensive coverage of blind spots


Penalty Charges for Non-Compliance

Currently, the penalty charge for non-compliance with the DVS scheme in Greater London is £550 per day, reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days. However, these charges are expected to increase as part of TfL’s ongoing efforts to enhance safety requirements.


Consultation Period and Updates

The consultation period for the proposed updates closed on 3rd April 2023 and TfL are now considering the feedback received. Final recommendations will be presented to London Council’s Transport and Environment Committee, who will determine whether to adopt the proposed updates.

TfL plans to publish the final requirements for the Progressive Safe System in summer 2023, taking into account the consultation responses and approval from London Councils. These requirements will become a mandatory part of the HGV Safety Permit Scheme from October 2024 when DVS phase two is anticipated to be officially implemented.

The proposed updates to the HGV Safety Permit Scheme and Direct Vision Standard underscore the commitment of TfL to road safety in London. Fleet operators should stay informed about the forthcoming changes, collaborate with industry experts, and take necessary actions to ensure compliance. By embracing these updates, operators can contribute to creating safer roads and protecting vulnerable road users. Stay engaged, stay compliant, and drive towards a future of enhanced road safety.

To remain compliant and avoid incurring charges, collaborating with experienced partners like Centrad who can provide expert advice on compliance and access to innovative safety solutions. By keeping in touch, fleet operators can stay ahead of the evolving requirements and ensure their vehicles meet the necessary standards give us a call on  0121 696 4784  and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Geoff Cross, Managing Director of Centrad


Headshot of Geoff Cross, Centrad's Managing Director
Geoff Cross
Managing Director

I’m Geoff Cross, Managing Director here at Centrad. You might not know, but I used to be a fleet operator. So, I know the challenges and frustrations you’re facing with theft, vandalism, and of course, insurance claims.

In fact, back when I owned a fleet, we knew all too much about  insurance claims, but that’s a story for another day. That’s what gave  me the idea for Centrad – because I know how much of a pain those  issues are. I wanted to solve that problem.

I understand the issues you face, which is why we help fleet operators  like you increase vehicle safety through CCTV and telematics AND  save thousands of £ every single year.

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