New vehicle safety standards are in force London - take action now

1 Mar 2021

As of this week, a new Safety Permit based on the new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is required for all Heavy Goods Vehicles 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.

The DVS uses a star rating system to rate HGVs based on how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows, ranking from zero star (the lowest level of direct vision) to five stars (highest level of direct vision). Vehicles rated zero star – which includes most long-haul trucks - will only be granted a permit if they are fitted with ‘safe system’ measures in line with FORS Silver accreditation, including a camera, audible turn indicator and warning sign.

Even if your zero-star vehicle already has all the required safe systems, you must still apply for a permit. The permit is electronic – there is nothing to display. It is free.

The DVS started operating on 1 March 2021 in the same area as London’s existing Low Emission Zone – ie most of greater London. The permit scheme operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. HGVs not holding a permit, or in contravention of permit conditions, will be issued with a £550 Penalty Charge Notice (reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days) for each day the vehicle is driven within the DVS area.

More information and applications on the Transport for London website: <>