TFL has confirmed that the DVS deadline will not be extended

TFL has confirmed that the DVS deadline will not be extended but operators who apply before March can expect leniency

With Brexit concerns and COVID lockdown, TFL have announced that whilst the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) deadline will not be extended, some leniency will be applied. However operators who fall short of the star rating requirement must make their applications before 1st March deadline even if they have not yet fitted equipment to vehicles. This will add them to an “allow list” to prevent them from receiving fines.

Emily Hardy, UK Marketing Manager said: “We fully support TFL in applying some flexibility with applications. Many operators had been gearing up for all Brexit scenarios after the Christmas break and the recent lockdown added growing pressure. On top of this many operators have delayed fitting equipment which has caused a surge in demand and fitter resource.

Operators must still apply for permits prior to 1st March and prove that they have both purchased products and have a fitting organised. Operators will then have up to 90 extra days to complete fitment. We are working closely with TFL and Logistics UK to understand how we can support customers with regards to this latest announcement.

For example, TFL will now aim to process multi-applications within 10 days rather than 28, single-vehicle applications will be processed within one working day of receipt. Manufacturers will also be issuing star rating certificates for new vehicles which will further speed up the process.

What Should Operators Do to Join the Allow List?

Owners of zero-star-rated vehicles are required to fit safe systems and then apply for their permit with photographic evidence of installation. The process for getting these vehicles on the allow list is as follows.

  1. Operators must submit evidence from the fitter/garage concerned on branded documentation with details of their appointment and Vehicle Registration Number(s), before 1st March, emailing with attachments to DVSGracePeriod@TfL.gov.uk.
  2. TfL will review the request and send written confirmation of the outcome: if the request is accepted, the vehicle will be added to the “allow list” and avoid Penalty Charge Notices for infractions of DVS Safety Permit requirements for up to 90 days after 1st March. Operators requiring safe systems must take action before 1st March 2021 to get that work scheduled. Those informing us of a delay after this date will not be eligible for the grace period.
  3. As soon as Safe System equipment has been fitted, the DVS Permit Application process must be followed as set out at https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/deliveries-in-london/delivering-safely/direct-vision-in-heavy-goods-vehicles/apply-for-an-hgv-safety-permit, applying with the required photographic evidence.

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