Sponsored: All you need to know about the Direct Vision Standard coming into effect this year


The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is the first legislation of its kind. From 26 October  2020, ALL goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will require a permit to drive into Greater London, including vehicles from outside the UK.

Enforced by Transport for London (TfL), the legislation is based on a ‘star rating’ indicating how much a driver can see from the cab in relation to other road users.

The vehicle manufacturer will issue a star rating for your vehicle. This rating (0-5) is based on how the vehicle left the production line and will not take into account any aftermarket safety systems that have been fitted.

HGVs that do not meet the minimum requirement of one star need to comply with the Safe System which requires the installation of extra devices for indirect vision (similar to FORS & CLOCS specifications). Complying with the Safe System will not alter the vehicle’s star rating but will permit you to drive into Greater London.

By 2024 DVS minimum star requirements increase to three stars.

Vehicles that do not meet the minimum requirement of one star or those that have not complied with the Safe System will be banned from entering Greater London from 26th October 2020.

Fox Bros convoy moves tonnes with full-fleet convoy

Fox Bros

Fox Brothers used its entire fleet to undertake an ambitious end of year job, transporting road planings from a site in Liverpool back to its own sites in Blackpool for recycling.

The convoy of 66 vehicles – led by the company’s flagship Peterbilt and accompanied by everything from concrete mixers to road sweepers – departed early on 23 December to commemorate late company boss Harold Fox. 

The contract, to move around 5,000 tonnes of planings, had only been secured in the previous week and was initially planned with 10 trucks at a time over several days. However, after speaking with the customer, Fox Brothers successfully ran its entire fleet with all of the load-carrying vehicles performing multiple trips until 9pm that night, when more than 3,500 tonnes had been transported.