What is DVS Compliance? Direct Vision Standard

This article covers DVS Compliance and what HGV drivers’ requirements are, as well as how to achieve compliance.

What is DVS Compliance?

DVS is a Health and Safety preventative measure to avoid poor visibility and as a result, accidents.

Over the last few years, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of cyclist and pedestrian accidents in London due to HGV’s (Heavy Good Vehicles). One of the major causes of this are driver blind spots.

What Program is DVS Part of?

This rating is part of the Vision Zero for London program, which is intended to reduce road accidents and deaths.

What are DVS Star Ratings?

The Direct Vision Standard essentially measures visibility through the vehicle windows. Therefore, a star rating for each HGV is calculated from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest) for positive visibility. For example, a zero-rated vehicle will have poor visibility of people and people on cycles.

Current DVS Star Rating Standards 0 – 5

As of 2021 – 2022, the minimum required DVS rating to enter London is 2. This will be upgraded to 3 in 2024.

DVS Compliance Requirements

To meet the DVS standards, all vehicles over 12 tonnes travelling through London will need the relevant Heavy Good Vehicle Safety Permit with a rating of 2 or more.

Also, this is true of vehicles entering from outside of London or the UK.

Where Do You Get A DVS Compliance Safety Rating?

Usually, these are available from the HGV manufacturers. If the rating is 2 or below, you can consult with the manufacturers on the ‘Safe System’ improvements required.

What Happens If You Are Not DVS Compliant?

If you travel through London without a safety permit, you will be fined. The fines range from £275 to £550.

If you do not meet the standards of DVS, you will need to make alterations before travelling through London.