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Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

Direct Vision Standard (DVS)

The Direct Vision Standard for fleet managers

Fully installed DVS Safety Systems

Under the DVS Directive, all 0-star HGVs over 12 tonnes MUST be equipped with a Safe System to enter Greater London.

The Direct Vision Standard measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as pedestrians and cyclists, walking or cycling next to the vehicle.

Failure to comply might result in a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550.


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DVS HGV Illustration


Are you DVS ready? We can help.

The Exeros’ Standard DVS Kit ensures your vehicles meet the requirements for the legislation to be granted a permit until 2024.

We are now also introducing the “Progressive Safe System Kit” for  any HGVs rated below three stars in October 2024.

DVS RequirementsOptional for enhanced safety
Selection of 7" monitorMDVR
Nearside cameraOff-side camera
Left-turn alarmRear-view camera
Proximity sensorsReversing alarm
Blind spot stickerForward-facing camera
Driver camera


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How does the DVS star rating work?

DVS uses a star system to rate HGVs from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest), depending on visibility.


Following October 2024, then, all HGVs are required to meet a minimum 3-star rating. Vehicles rated below 3-stars, would need to retrofit a Progressive Safety System Kit.

**Rating is determined by your vehicle’s manufacturer using the approved DVS protocol. ** To download the full TFL DVS 2020 guidelines, click here.


DVS Star Rating

DVS Enforcement Area map


Progressive Safety System

From October 2024, HGVs rated below three stars will need to feature the Progressive Safe System.

Enforcement Area

The Enforcement Area covers all of inner London and outer London along with all of the main truck roads coming into London.

DVS started being enforced on 1st March 2021 and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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Client Success Story

Stephen Sanderson Transport saves on insurance premiums and lawsuits

Stephen Sanderson Transport took the Direct Vision Standard as an opportunity to improve their fleet. Following installation of our DVS Safety Systems, Sanderson Transport saw a 33% decrease in false-claim incidents reported and saved significantly on insurance premiums. Most importantly, though, they immediately noticed a positive impact on driver behaviour and customer satisfaction.

By upgrading your fleet with safety equipment that complies with the DVS ‘Safe System’ and goes beyond it (such as with a full recording system), you can achieve a significant ROI in the first year and increase safety, efficiency and profitability of your fleet.

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Stephen Sanderson Fleet

In summary, what is required to comply with DVS?

  • A sensor system

    Sensors fitted to the nearside of the vehicle, that alert the driver to the presence of vulnerable road users (VRUs).

  • Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning

    A left-turn alarm system to warn vulnerable road users when the vehicle is turning left.

  • Camera monitoring system

    A fully operational camera monitoring system fitted to the nearside of the vehicle to eliminate blindspots.

  • External pictorial stickers

    A blindspot sticker displayed on the vehicle to warn vulnerable road users of any dangers around the vehicle

  • Class V and VI mirrors

    Class V and VI mirrors fitted to the front and nearside of the vehicle

  • Side under-run protection

    Side under-run protection fitted on both sides of vehicles.

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