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Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit in Greater London

January 29, 2020

 

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.

The Direct Vision Standard measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling, near the vehicle. The Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit for HGVs is part of the Mayor of London's Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London's transport network by 2041. From 26 October 2020, all HGVs more than 12 tonnes (GVW) entering or operating in Greater London will need to hold a valid HGV Safety Permit. The HGV Safety Permit scheme will cover Greater London and be in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Applying is free of charge.

For more information about the HGV Safety Permit scheme and to see a map of where it will be enforced, read the guidance for operators visit:

https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/direct-vision-in-heavy-goods-vehicles#on-this-page-1

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/dvs-safety-permit-application/?cid=direct-vision-permit.

 

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/hgv-safety-permit-guidance-for-operators-entering-london.pdf 

Enforcement and penalties

From 26 October 2020, if you drive an HGV within Greater London without a valid permit you may receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550 (reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days). Also revoke or suspend a permit if a vehicle that has been granted a permit is later found to be in breach of the permit terms.

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