Date for London’s Direct Vision Standard confirmed

Transport for London has confirmed that although enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard will begin on 1 March, fleets who have begun the process to be compliant will be put on an ‘allow list’ allowing 90-days grace.

In acknowledgement of the challenges fleets are currently facing, Transport for London (TfL) will develop an ‘allow list’ of vehicles for those owner/operators who can prove that they have begun the HGV Safety Permit application process or are in the process of having safe system components installed. 

Vehicles booked in for safe-system installation but without work yet complete, and/or those still in the application process, will need to provide VRMs (and application details or proof of upcoming safesystem work, as applicable) to TfL to be added to the ‘allowed list’ of vehicles that would not receive a PCN for driving in London without a permit, up to a maximum period of 90 days.
This will prevent these vehicles from incurring Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for a defined 90-day period. From 1 March, TfL will be taking enforcement action 24 hours a day, every day on HGVs not holding a permit, or in contravention of permit conditions, liable to a £550 PCN (reduced to £275 if paid within 14 days) for each day the vehicle is driven within the DVS area.  

All HGV operators who have not yet begun the permit application process need to check their vehicles. If the vehicle meets the standard you can apply for a permit. If the vehicle is rated zero star, you must arrange to fit a safe system, then apply for a permit with evidence.  

TfL has noted the need for improvements in the permit system to speed up processing of applications, which is encouraging.