26th October 2020, is the initial date set by TFL for the enforcement of the Direct Vision Standard. Although fines have been delayed until March 1st 2021 due to COVID, vehicles still need to comply with the new regulations – or in the event of an accident or insurance claim it could render the driver/operator liable for the vehicles not being fully compliant.
Road safety expert Emily Hardy, of Kent-based Brigade Electronics, says it is a legal requirement and as such there remains unanswered questions whether, in the event of an incident, operators could be responsible for civil damages and insurers may not be obliged to pay out.
“Simply put, delaying the fines is not the same as changing the date of the legislation,” Emily said. “Operators should consult their legal representatives and insurers before weighing up the risks. If they haven’t already, operators should check their star ratings and have a plan in place to retrofit vehicle safety devices if required.”
By now, many vehicle operators will be familiar with what the legislation involves. Here’s a reminder:
The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is the first legislation of its kind. From 26th October 2020, all goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will require a safety permit to drive into Greater London, including vehicles from outside the UK, if their vehicle falls short of the Direct Vision Standard star ratings.
Each vehicle type and model per manufacturer will have a star rating. The DVS rates HGVs from 0 (lowest) to 5 (highest), based on how much a HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. To obtain these ratings operators must contact their manufacturers directly. Alternatively, complete Brigade’s DVS Star Rating form and we will find out your rating for free.
If a vehicle does not comply with the DVS minimum star rating, operators will need to ensure it is fitted with the Safe System – a retrofit kit that includes; a camera, in-cab monitor, proximity sensors and audible warning alarms to alert drivers to vulnerable road users who are in a vehicle’s blind spot.
Our DVS map below outlines the area of London where the regulation will be in force and where permits will be compulsory from 26th October 2020. Don’t forget this will apply to all vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes, whether they are from the UK or travelling into London from overseas.
For further information about Brigade and our safety products, please get in touch.