Direct Vision Standards

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At BackWatch, we are committed to promoting road safety and supporting the implementation of the Direct Vision Standards (DVS) to reduce road danger, especially for vulnerable road users. The Mayor of London aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from London’s streets by 2041 as part of Vision Zero. Therefore we understand the importance of aligning with this ambitious goal.

What are Direct Vision Standards (DVS)?

The DVS represents a groundbreaking initiative aimed at minimising the risk to vulnerable road users caused by poor driver vision, particularly in the case of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). Historically, HGVs have disproportionately contributed to fatal collisions with vulnerable road users, leading to the launch of the world’s first DVS in October 2019.

Since 2021, HGVs must have a Safe System installed to operate in London if they have a zero-star DVS rating. The introduction of the DVS has yielded positive results. For example, data indicates a 75% reduction in fatal collisions where poor vision is a contributing factor. However, there were still 46 vulnerable road users involved in non-fatal collisions between March 2021 and March 2022, underscoring the need for further action to achieve Vision Zero.

The Future of Direct Vision Standards (DVS) and Road Safety

Looking ahead, the Mayor of London has outlined plans to enhance the safety standards of the DVS. Starting in October 2024, London’s streets will only permit HGVs rated three stars and above, or those equipped with a PSS (Permit to Serve Safely). These changes aim to elevate the safety standards of HGVs. Therefore will reduce the risk of serious collisions and fatalities on London’s roads.

Why Choose BackWatch?

BackWatch commits to supporting businesses in meeting and exceeding DVS requirements. Here’s how we can help:

  1. Comprehensive Solutions: Our range of Commercial Vehicle Safety Equipment enhances visibility and mitigates blind spots, ensuring compliance with DVS regulations.
  2. Tailored Approach: We understand that every fleet is unique. Hence, we offer customisable solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Our team provides guidance and support at every stage of the process.

Take the Next Step Towards Safety

Don’t compromise on safety when it comes to your commercial vehicles. Partner with BackWatch and take proactive steps towards DVS compliance and enhanced road safety. Explore our range of products and solutions today, and let us be your trusted safety partner on the road.

For inquiries or to learn more about our offerings, contact us today. Your safety is our priority, and we’re here to help you drive with confidence.

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