The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and Safety Permits for HGVs have been in place since October 2019 and were put in place to improve the safety of all road users (including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists) in the Greater London areas.
So, what does this mean?
It is part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s Transport Network by 2041.
From 26th October 2020 – all HGVs more than 12T (GVM) that enter or operate in the Greater London areas will be required to hold a valid HGV Safety Permit. The permit will be in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 356 days a year.
What if I don’t have one?
As of 26 October 2020, if you drive a HGV within the Greater London areas without a valid permit, you may receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) of up to £550 – which will be reduced to £275 if paid within 2 weeks (14 days of issue).
Vehicles from outside the UK
HGVs over 12 tonnes, that are registered from outside of the United Kingdom that enter and operate in London will also be required to hold a valid Safety Permit. This is available to apply for in the same way as UK registered vehicles.
Foreign documents will be accepted when registration documents such as a V5C log book is asked for.
For more information on the HGV Safety Permit, click here.
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