EU fleet operators should be prepared for London’s Direct Vision Standard

We have been working with fleet operators all over the UK & Europe to prepare them for London’s new Direct Vision Standard, which commences on 26th October 2020. However, there are still many EU fleets transporting goods by road into London that aren’t aware and they need to ensure they are also fully prepared for the new legislation.

The Direct Vision Standard will require any vehicle weighing more than 12 tonnes driving into Greater London to have a permit – this includes vehicles from outside the UK.

Enforced by Transport for London (TfL), the legislation is based on a ‘star rating’, which indicates how much a driver can see from the cab in relation to other road users. Star ratings from 0 to 5 will be issued by vehicle manufacturers and will be based on how a vehicle left the production line. It will not take into account any aftermarket safety systems that have been retrofitted.

Vehicles that do not meet the minimum requirement of one star will need to comply with the Safe System – a series of additional devices to aid indirect vision. Complying with the Safe System will not alter a vehicle’s star rating but it will permit it to be driven in Greater London.

The Safe System is a retrofit kit that includes a camera, in-cab monitor, proximity sensors, audible driver warning and real speech warning alarm to alert vulnerable road users and cyclists that they are in the driver’s blind spot.

What should you do if you are transporting goods by road into the UK?

If you are transporting goods into the UK by road, then you should ensure you have fitted all the necessary vehicle safety systems, as per the Safe System requirements, if your vehicle does not meet the minimum star rating.

At Brigade we have helped to streamline this process by creating specially compiled DVS Safe System kits. These kits, which come in two different types (one for rigid vehicles and one for articulated vehicles) will comprise side cameras, ultrasonic sensors for the near side of the vehicle and a warning alarm which is activated when the vehicle is turning. Both kits are compliant with the Direct Vision Standard as well as all relevant regional laws across the EU, meaning fleet operators can be confident that the systems will meet all necessary legal requirements.

Fleet operators are advised to check their star rating in the first instance before applying for a permit.

Permits can be obtained from Transport for London’s website.

If you’re at all concerned about your fleet’s star ratings or you would like more information, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.