Created to improve the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, the HGV Safety Permit scheme will cover Greater London and be in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) has been developed in order to address the high number of collisions in London involving HGVs and people walking and cycling.
The DVS objectively measures a driver’s direct view through the windows of an HGV cab. This is communicated as a star rating from zero (poor) to five (excellent), which indicates the level of risk to people walking and cycling near the vehicle.
Every vehicle has a ‘star rating’ and to receive a permit HGVs must have at least one star – this will increase to three stars in 2024. One and two star-rated vehicles will be granted permits until 2024. Three, four and five star-rated vehicles will be granted a 10-year permit. You can find out your vehicle’s rating by going
Vehicles which are currently rated as zero stars can become compliant by installing an approved ‘Safe System’ – on doing so they’ll be granted a permit until 2024.
The Safe System is a series of retrofitted vehicle safety measures which reduce the risks that HGVs present to people walking and cycling. To ensure consistency, the Safe System is aligned to other scheme requirements and existing regulations where possible.
A: Blindspot Camera
B: Proximity Sensors
C: Left Turn Alert with ‘Out of hours’ switch
D: In-Cab Monitor
E: Safety Stickers
F: Class V and VI Mirrors
G: Side Under-run Protection