Dawsongroup warns hauliers to prepare for DVS now

Commercial Motor
February 29, 2024


The Dawsongroup has warned that waiting too long to become DVS compliant could lead to significant delays in securing the right vehicles to keep businesses running. As the impending October deadline approaches for the new DVS rules, operators are being urged to act now. 

Dawsongroup has 75 DAF XD450 FTG DVS-ready 6x2 tractor units prepared to join its fleet. The vehicles are available on contract hire, lease or rent. The company has a fleet of more than 12,000 trucks and trailers supported by a network of 24 branches and 1,800 service and repair locations in the UK. 

Darren Leeming, national sales manager for Dawsongroup truck and trailer, said: “Our ambition is to help operators get ready in time. With any legislation changes there’s always a temptation, given all their other pressures, to leave things until nearer the start date. 

“However, with such a major potential impact on our customers, we wanted to get ahead of the game and demonstrate what we can offer them on contract hire, lease or rental. With these vehicles now ready to go on the road, operators can save the high capital investment costs of outright purchase by using any of our acquisition options, or simply trial the vehicles before making any final decisions. What we refer to as our ‘Try before you buy’ strategy.

“We know everyone is working on this – they have to be! Manufacturers are producing DVS ready trucks and supposedly simple fixes are available in kit form for non-compliant vehicles. However, we foresee genuine business-damaging potential for operators from bottlenecks in supply and fitting: we want our customers to be clear of those dangers.”

As of 28 October this year, vehicles over 12 tonnes GVW operating in Greater London require a three-star DVS rating. Vehicles that don’t comply with this standard must be fitted with a progressive safe system to improve visibility. 

  • Dawsongroup truck and trailer will be exhibiting at Road Transport Expo, which takes place at NAEC Stoneleigh between 4-6 June. Registrations are now open, so book your free place now!




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