HGV operators who apply for the Direct Vision Standard but haven’t received their official confirmation by March 1st will be put on an „allow list” and shall not be charged for 90 days.
From the 1 March 2021, all HGVs heavier than 12 tonnes GVW entering or operating in Greater London will need to hold a safety permit called the Direct Vision Standard. It is free to obtain, but operators can be fined up to 550 pounds per day if a truck doesn’t have such a permit.
Operators were once again warned at the beginning of the week about the March 1st deadline. Although the deadline may seem distant, it can take up to 28 days for the Transport for London (TfL) to respond to an application.
This means applications should be handed in by 31st of January to make sure operators get everything back on time. Also, it can take up to 2 weeks for some manufacturers to respond to star-rating inquiries, therefore it is recommended that HGV operators contact manufacturers by the 15th of January.
The allow list
The aforementioned “allow list” grants HGV operators who register with Transport for London before 1st March 2021 a “grace” period of 90 days from 1st March 2021 to enable them to comply with the DVS safety requirements. The move was welcomed by the RHA on Tuesday.
Registration is conditional on operators providing evidence of their applications or planned installation arrangements for safe system equipment to their vehicles.
Operators who do not register by 1st March and/or do not hold a valid HGV Safety Permit will face enforcement action by TfL from 1st March.
The RHA is totally committed to road safety, but hauliers have faced multiple and significant challenges to ensure compliance with the Direct Vision Standard” – said RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett commenting on the news. -” The supply chain disruption caused by Brexit meant that operators have faced difficulties sourcing the required safety equipment.”