What Are The DVS Requirements for 2024?

HGV Direct Vision Standard (DVS) was originally introduced in 2019 and set out to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2041, along with HGV safety permit.

After 4 years in operation, TfL are proposing changes which will come into place from 28th October 2024. What are these changes going to be, why are they changing, and how does this affect you?

Proposed Changes to DVS Requirements

Heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will need to have a 3-star rating or fit Progressive Safe System to operate in Greater London.

If your HGV is rated between 0-2 stars, you may have a HGV permit from when DVS was first introduced, however this will run out on 28th October 2024. You will need to make sure your vehicle is fit with a Progressive Safe System in order to apply for a new one.

In June 2024, the pre-registration period for HGV safety permits opens which ultimately requires the new, stricter Progressive Safe System. As well as the original safe system measures, the new system includes:

Camera Monitoring Systems (CMS): The ability to use both systems will be introduced, essentially giving the driver a wider field of vision, eliminating remaining blind spots and reducing the cognitive workload.

Sensors: Must cover the nearside of rigid vehicles and the front tractor unit of articulated trailers (and the trailer, where possible). They must not activate when approaching roadside furniture or stationary vehicles.

Moving Off Information Systems (MOIS): These sensors must be fitted to the front of the HGV to improve visibility of the frontal blind spot zone.

Audio Warnings: Both right-hand and left-hand drive vehicles must have audio warnings fitted to ensure they have the ability to alert other road users of an intended manoeuvre.

Why Are These Changes Being Made?

When looking at data collected regarding fatal collisions involving HGVs, specifically where vision is cited as a contributing factor, the number dropped from 12 in 2018 to 6 in 2021.

Fundamentally, these changes are being made to DVS in order to continue on this trajectory and improve the safety standards of HGVs operating in London. This will hopefully result in reducing the risks even further to vulnerable roads users.

TfL has estimated around 165,000 vehicles will require these new safety changes which is 90% of the existing fleet operating in London. By making these adjustments, it is a noteworthy move to meet the Vision Zero goal and significantly reducing road danger.

What Do The DVS Requirement Changes Mean For You?

If your HGVs are rated 0, 1 or 2 stars, you will need to install the Progressive Safe System Measures listed above to receive a HGV permit and avoid any penalties when operating in the London area.

Some other things to be aware of include the fact that this may not be the first set of revisions. TfL is openly asking people for recommendations when it comes to enhancing the Safe System and making sure to take new technology or safety equipment into consideration.

Also, even though DVS only applies to London, it is very likely that these regulations are likely to expand into other major cities and maybe eventually nationwide. At Portman Logistics, safety is always our number one priority so whether you require haulage services from London Gateway port and Tilbury port, or Felixstowe port and Southampton port, we will always ensure our drivers and vehicles are operating safely. 

We are proud to be DVS compliant and if you have any questions or enquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.