Direct vision standard

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is a new safety legislation that requires all HGVs over 12 tonnes need a Direct Vision Standard safety permit.

Trucks are about 2% of vehicles on the road but represent 15% of fatalities. 4,000 people die every year in truck collisions in Europe, 1,000 of which are cyclists and pedestrians. The European Commission found that improving the direct vision performance of trucks would save up to 550 lives per year.

The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) is a new safety legislation and it requires all heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes need a Direct Vision Standard safety permit. The legislation entered into force in London on 1.3.2021.

The Direct Vision Standard measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through the cab windows. This indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling, near the vehicle.

The legislation is based on the “Direct Vision star rating”, which indicates how much how much of the area directly next to the vehicle a driver can see from the cab.

A vehicle can have a rating of zero stars (the lowest rating, with poor direct vision) up to five stars (the highest rating with excellent direct vision). If your rating is one to five stars, you can apply for a permit without needing to provide any additional evidence. If your rating is zero stars, you will need to make your vehicle safer with additional safety equipment.