All HGVs more than 12 tonnes GVW entering or operating in Greater London from the 1st March 2021 will need to hold a safety permit. You will be able to obtain a safety permit from October 2019. The scheme will be enforced from the 1st March 2021 across Greater London, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is the same date heavy vehicles will need to meet even stronger Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards London-wide.
If your vehicle meets the minimum DVS star rating you will be granted a permit, however it is your responsibility to obtain a permit for each of your vehicles. From the 1st March 2021, the minimum DVS rating will be one star to enter or operate in Greater London and this will then increase to a minimum of three stars in 2024. If your vehicle does not meet the DVS star rating or is not rated, you will need to meet the ‘Safe System’ requirements to be granted a permit. (See below, What do you need if your vehicle is zero star rated?)
Under the scheme proposals, it would be unlawful to:
• Operate an HGV more than 12 tonnes GVW in Greater London without a permit
• Breach Safe System permit conditions
All vehicles shall obtain a star rating under the DVS system. Every vehicle must meet a minimum DVS star rating of one star from the 1st March 2021, unless exempt from the scheme.
1. Class V mirror shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle
2. Class VI mirror shall be fitted to the front of the vehicle
3. Side under-run protection shall be fitted to both sides of the vehicle (except where this is impractical or proves to be impossible)
4. External pictorial stickers and markings shall be displayed on vehicles to warn vulnerable road users of the hazards around the vehicle, available to purchase from Sentinel Systems.
5. A Sentinel Proximity Sensor System
that alerts the driver to the presence of a vulnerable road user shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle
6. Audible vehicle
manoeuvring warning shall be fitted to warn vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left
7. A fully operational Sentinel camera monitoring system shall be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle
From 1st March 2021, all HGVs more than 12 tonne GVW will require a HGV safety permit to enter or operate in London, unless exempt. Operators of vehicles requiring a permit will need to apply to TfL, permits will be issued electronically only. Operators will receive a permit reference number with their confirmation email but no certificate or hard copy permit will be issued. Enforcement will be carried out using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras by comparing the TfL database of vehicle registrations with valid permits to those without.
Where a vehicle with a valid permit is sold and purchased by a new owner, they must apply for a new permit. This will ensure records for enforcement are up to date. The duration of the permit will depend on the following factors:
• Zero star vehicles with an approved Safe System will be granted a permit until 2024 (when the Progressive Safe System will be required for vehicles rated two star or below)
• One- and two-star vehicles will be granted permits until 2024 (when the Progressive Safe System will be required)
• Three, four- and five-star vehicles will be granted a 10 year permit
Permits will be free of charge – there will be no cost to the operator when applying for the permit(s). From 1st March 2021, any HGV found to be in breach of the permit scheme will be issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) of up to £550 (reduced by 50 per cent if paid within 14 days).
Summary of requirements under the PSS (Progressive Safe System)
1. A fully operational camera monitoring system must be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle, to completely eliminate the remaining blind spot at the nearside
2. Class V and VI mirrors, or a camera monitoring system that replaces the mirrors, or a combination of both, must be fitted to the front and nearside of the vehicle. These should be fitted in compliance with UNECE Regulation 46
3. A blind spot information system, with active sensors that gives adequate warning to the driver of the presence of a vulnerable road user, must be fitted to the nearside of the vehicle in accordance with the technical specifications for the PSS. A vehicle that demonstrably complies with UNECE Regulation 151 will meet this requirement
4. A moving off information system must be fitted to the front of the vehicle to warn the driver of the presence of a vulnerable road user, in accordance with the technical specifications for the PSS. A vehicle that demonstrably complies with UNECE Regulation 159 will meet this requirement
5. Side under-run protection must be fitted to both sides of the vehicle, except where this is demonstrably impractical. This equipment must be fitted in compliance with UNECE Regulation 73 on lateral protection devices
6. An audible vehicle manoeuvring warning must be fitted to provide an adequate audible warning to vulnerable road users when a vehicle is turning left 7. External pictorial stickers and markings must be displayed on vehicles to provide adequate visual warning to vulnerable road users of the hazards present around the vehicle
Evidence needed to demonstrate compliance with the PSS We do not require operators to provide third-party certification for their equipment installed for the purposes of fitting the PSS. For applications regarding vehicles rated zero, one or two stars, or where your vehicle is unrated, you will need to submit the following:
Visual evidence: two photographs to demonstrate that you have fitted the PSS to your vehicle
Sensor functionality statement: a statement self-certifying that all sensors have been fitted in accordance with our technical specifications and are in functional working order
For the visual evidence, the photographs must clearly show the front and nearside of the HGV in photo one, and the rear and nearside of the vehicle in photo two. The vehicle registration plates must be clearly readable in both photos and the images must demonstrate that the PSS equipment has been fitted to the vehicle as specified in this guidance and accompanying technical specifications. If your vehicle is a tractor unit, it is not necessary to include a photo of the trailer as well. Where a trailer is present, the rear photo must show the rear nearside of the trailer with the vehicle in situ. Examples of good photographic evidence are provided online at: tfl.gov.uk/dvsvisualevidence
Sensor functionality statement
Operators are also required to provide a sensor functionality statement alongside an application for vehicles with a zero-, one- or two-star rating that demonstrates that the blind spot and moving off information systems have been fitted to comply with the standards set in our technical specifications, and are in functional working order. This should comprise an official statement or letter from either the fitter or the original equipment manufacturer of the product being installed, to the effect that the sensors fitted to the vehicle are active and fitted in compliance with the approved technical specifications. The letter should include a statement that certifies that ‘the blind spot and moving off information systems fitted to this vehicle are fully functional, effective and installed in compliance with the PSS technical specifications’. This statement can be attached to your application along with the required visual evidence.