As part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan, in October 2020 all Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) over 12 tonnes (GVW) entering or operating in Greater London will need to pass the world-leading Direct Vision Standard and require an HGV Safety Permit. This scheme was put into place in order to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2041, improving the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The Direct Vision Standard will work to improve indirect vision to help drivers see near the vehicle, to warn road users of intended manoeuvres and to minimise the physical impact of a hazard. To enhance vehicle visibility there 6 Safe System improvements:
- Class V and VI mirrors
- A fully operational camera monitoring system
- A sensor system with driver alerts
- An audible vehicle manoeuvring warning for left turns (or right turns if the vehicle is left-hand drive)
- Warning signage
- Side-under run protection
Vehicles will be given a star rating based on 0 – 5 stars to indicate the level of risk to road users near the vehicle, (the lowest rating being poor direct vision and the highest rating being excellent direct vision). Your vehicle will need at least a one-star rating to meet the new requirements in 2024, rising to a minimum 3-star rating. If your vehicle does not meet the minimum DVS star rating, you will need to make your vehicle safer by fitting it with the Safe System improvements.
Here at Challenger, our Multi-cam Solution allows drivers to have improved visibility near the vehicle where blind spots are a problem. Plus, with the ability to review your drivers’ videos instantly, you can check if anything is out of the ordinary, such as harsh acceleration, braking or cornering.
To help your vehicles pass the Direct Vision standard get in touch with us today on 0330 002 2111 or email@example.com to see how we can help.