Direct Vision Standard – Don’t leave it too late!

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) will require every goods vehicle over 12 tonnes to have a permit in order to drive into the Greater London area – effectively inside the M25.  The legislation is designed to offer greater protection to pedestrians and cyclists by improving the visibility from goods vehicles’ cabs.

Transport for London (TfL) will enforce the legislation and issue permits on a ‘star rating’ system, from zero stars to 5.  Vehicles which don’t meet the minimum of 1 star have the option of complying with the Safe System which has similar requirements to the FORS and CLOCKS standards. 


Vehicles that don’t meet the minimum 1 star standard, nor the Safe System, will be banned from entering Greater London from 26 October 2020.  By 2024, the minimum standard will raise to 3 stars.


Vehicles entering Greater London without a permit will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice of £550 for the vehicle operator, and £130 for the driver.


To allow the haulage industry to concentrate on the COVID19 issues, TfL have announced that DVS will still be implemented in October but enforcement action won’t start until 4 months later. It is still important that your vehicles comply with the standard.

What You Need To Do

Check the Star Rating of your vehicles.  Your local dealer may be able to help, or we can assist in finding this information – get in touch. If your vehicle has a zero star rating, there are options that can be taken to allow you to apply for a permit from TFL. We must stress that the vehicle rating will not change, the safety systems we fit will allow you to apply for a permit.

If you don’t know your vehicle’s Star Ratingget in touch, we can find out for you.

If your vehicle is 0 Star Rated

Your vehicle must comply with the following and obtain a permit from TFL in order to enter Greater London without penalties. 

  • Class V mirror on nearside
  • Class VI mirror on front
  • Side under-run protection on both sides
  • External stickers and markings warning of hazards
  • Sensor system alerting driver to vulnerable road users on nearside
  • Audible vehicle manoeuvring warning when turning left
  • Camera monitoring system on nearside

Commercial Safety Systems can help you meet all of these standards.  Act now to ensure you meet the Direct Vision Standard requirements by contacting us here – don’t wait till October!

How to Apply for a Permit

Once fitted, you can apply for a permit – go to the TfL website here.

Direct Vision Standard