Vehicle camera specialist Fastview360 has warned that hauliers planning to leave permit applications for London’s forthcoming Direct Vision Standard (DVS) until the New Year may risk getting caught out and missing the boat.
“Transport for London are stating that you need to allow 28 working days, which is almost six weeks, to process the application,” warned the firm.
“This means you must apply for the permits by the latest of 20 January to have the application in to meet the 1 March enforcement date.
“This does not leave you enough time to order the relevant equipment, get it installed and apply for your permit in time to meet the deadline.”
Driving in the DVS enforcement zone without the necessary safety equipment after the deadline could result in a fine of £550 per incident plus a £130 fine for the driver, the firm warns.
“There are around 250,000 HGVs that currently enter the DVS enforcement zone; all of these trucks will need to get a star rating and the sufficient equipment to meet the DVS,” said Fastview360.
“In a recent live interview, TfL announced that 40,000 vehicles had applied for permits, with almost half being 1 star rated and around a quarter being 0 star rated. Out of 250,000 this leaves around 80 per cent of vehicles left to apply.
“There simply is not enough time to install DVS equipment for all those that need it. Fines will be incurred; do not leave it any longer.
“Our install team have the capacity to work seven days a week around the UK. This means that we can accommodate a busy business without giving you with a logistical nightmare. Fastview360 can provide the appropriate equipment to meet the DVS requirements.”
With the Christmas rush rapidly approaching, those leaving their applications until after the New Year could experience some online delays, the firm adds – advising operators to check their star rating at www.dvs2020.org and order kits in preparation