The Difference Between FORS and DVS

Four years ago, Transport for London (TfL) announced the introduction of Direct Vision Standard (DVS), which comes into effect as of 26th October this year. If you are a business with HGVs over 12 tonnes operating in (or travelling into) Greater London, you will have a responsibility to hold a safety permit to help reduce the risk of serious injury or death to pedestrians and cyclists in the capital. This permit is based on how much the driver can see from the cab.  

The advice is to act now to ensure you are compliant in good time, but what do you need to do to fulfil the standards, and what is the difference between the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and DVS?  Here we offer an overview of the two sets of requirements to ensure you fulfil the safety standards required in time for the autumn deadline.

Firstly, all fleet operators need to establish the Star Rating of their fleet.  This information isn’t readily available, so direct contact needs to be made with the vehicle’s manufacturer, and they will need the registration and VIN numbers of the lorries.  In return, they will provide the visibility rating which ranges from poor (0) to the best (5).  If time is tight you can always contact us and we can do this free of charge for you. If your vehicle is 0 rated you will have to comply with the Safe System.

In 2024 the minimum DVS star rating requirements will be increased to 3.


FORS Silver vs DVS  (Safe System)