Changes to the DVS (Direct Vision Standard). Progressive Safe System
What are the changes?
TFL’s plan is to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2024, TFL are now proposing an enhancement to the current Direct Vision Standard (DVS) ‘Safe System’ with the introduction of the ‘Progressive Safe System’ (PSS) from October 2024.
HGVs over 12T must meet a minimum standard, where vehicles do not meet a minimum of one-star rating operators are required to implement a series of vehicle safety measures, which are designed to reduce the risks that HGVs present to vulnerable road users (VRU). Vehicles must then obtain a safety permit before entering and operating in most of Greater London.
An HGVs DVS star rating is based on how much the driver can see directly through the vehicle’s cab windows of the area around the vehicle where collisions are most likely to take place.
Since the introduction of DVS in 2019, fatal collisions involving HGV’s and VRUs, where vision was a contributing factor has halved, and is now down incredibly from 12 to 6.
To further improve the safety of ALL road users, HGVs over 12T will need to have a minimum of three-star rating or fit the new PSS to operate in Greater London, from 28 October 2024.
When will this be enforced from?
The ‘Progressive Safe System’ will come into force from 28th October 2024, and will apply to all vehicles that have a two-star rating or lower.
There will possibly be a grace period after this date to allow operators to comply with the new updates.
Please see TFL’s Guidance for Operators by clicking the button below