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Direct Vision Standard

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The Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit Scheme

The Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit Scheme are part of the Mayor of London's Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London's transport network by 2041.


The DVS measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This is expressed as a star rating from zero (limited) to five (good) direct vision, indicating the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling.


Direct Vision Standard requirements in London are changing. To improve the safety of all road users, heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will need to have a three- star rating or fit the Progressive Safe System (PSS) to operate in Greater London, from 28 October 2024.

Current vehicle rating and permit

Below is a table of what will happen to your current permit as of 28th October 2024.

How to comply with new changes

Make sure your vehicles comply with the new Direct Vision Standard (DVS) to enter the Greater London area.


The requirements of the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is changing. You need to make sure your vehicle complies with new  standards to be able to operate in London from 28th October 2024, even if your vehicles are based abroad. Vehicles rated 2-stars and below will be subject to a fine from Oct 28th if the necessary Progressive Safe System have not been fitted and a new permit has not been applied for.

Supplied and fitted solutions

Both solutions below are suitable for articulated and rigid vehicles. Complete Progressive Safe System DVS kits, Upgrade DVS 2020 to Progressive Safe System 2024 kits or separate parts are available for purchase and fitting at your local Scania branch.

Brigade PSS DVS kit


£2927.00*. Fitted from £3479.00*.

DURITE PSS DVS kit with AI camera


£1072.00*. Fitted from £1759.00*.

What will I need for my Scania?

* LHD trucks should have equipment fitted appropriately to account for the blind spot on the right-hand side of the vehicle.


**GSR II compliant vehicles (i.e has MOIS and BSIS fitted at the point of manufacture where the vehicle complies with UNECE Regulations 151 and 159.) then do not need an additional CMS system to cover the blind spot.

Steps to achieving a DVS permit

Step one: Check your vehicle rating

Vehicles are scored on the visibility the driver has around the vehicle, from poor visibility (0-star) to good visibility (5-star).


You can check if your vehicle has a current star rating with Transport for London (TFL) at


To request a new DVS star rating for your Scania, please contact our Produect Engineering team with the vehicle’s 17-digit chassis number.

We will email you back once your vehicle has been rated, please allow at least two working days.

Step two: Ensure your vehicle complies

If your vehicle scores 2-star or below, you will need to fit a Progressive Safe System to be able to obtain a valid permit and operate in Greater London from 28th October 2024.


We have Progressive Safe Solutions available to be fitted to your vehicle in Scania workshops across the country. If your vehicle scores 3-star or higher, your existing permit will remain valid.

Step three: Apply for a permit with TfL

Existing permits granted before 24th June 2024 will expire at midnight on 27th October 2024 for vehicles rated 2-star and below.


You will need to apply online for a new permit at after 24th June, once you have a PSS fitted. Some vehicles may be exempt from the DVS safety scheme, you can find the details here:

Frequently asked questions

It is unlikely that your Safe System fitted for DVS Phase 1 fully meets the requirements DVS Phase 2 as the new side sensors must not react to street furniture and stationary vehicles. You will also need to add a MOIS (Moving Off Information System) to your vehicle.

Yes, you can but you will be applying to a DVS Phase 1 Safety Permit, valid until 27 October 2024. You will need to do another application for DVS Phase 2 before 28 October 2024.

All can be found on the TfL website.

Originally, valid until 25/10/24, now all extended byTfL until the new date of 27/10/24.

R151 and R159 are vehicle type approvals. You can get systems

that meet the requirements of these standard, however, only the vehicle will officially be approved to these standards.

Commercial vehicles weighing over 12 tonnes, specifically Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), have been required to possess a safety permit to operate in London since 2020. However, it is important to note that the requirements for obtaining this permit will undergo changes in October 2024.


Starting from June 2024, applications for these permits can be initiated. In order to facilitate the freight industry in acquiring, installing, and validating new equipment, a limited grace period is in place. This grace period applies exclusively to vehicles that have registered with TfL by October 28, 2024, and can demonstrate that they have taken the necessary steps to arrange for the installation of the Progressive Safety System.


Please be aware that this grace period is available for exceptions only, and operators are advised to reach out to TfL's operations team for further assistance.


This information has been sourced from TfL's Direct Vision Standard: Guidance for Operators brochure, issued in September 2023. Linked below for more information.

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