HGVs over 12 tonnes driving within Greater London will be required to have a new HGV Safety Permit based on the new Direct Vision Standard (DVS). The new permit is part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s streets.
This permit is free to obtain and is available now but can take time to process so it is imperative that drivers apply as soon as possible so that they have their permits ready for this to come into effect on the 1st March 2021.
A penalty of £550 will be issued to any drivers who do not hold a permit or are in contravention of permit conditions. This penalty will be reduced to £275 if it is paid within 14 days and it will be chargeable for each day the vehicle is driven within the DVS area.
Please be aware that:
- The DVS operates in the same area as the existing Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
- The DVS uses a star rating system to rate HGVs based on how much a driver can see directly through their HGV cab windows, ranking from zero star (the lowest level of direct vision) to five stars (highest level of direct vision)
- To qualify for a permit, HGVs will require a minimum of a one star rating. Vehicles rated zero star will only be granted a permit if they are fitted with ‘safe system’ measures
To apply for the permit please follow this link.
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