Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit
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Direct Vision Standard and HGV Safety Permit


The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) requires all HGVs over 12t to be granted a permit to enter or operate in Greater London. The scheme was created by Transport for London (TFL) to improve the safety of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.  It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be enforced on all roads within the Greater London Boundary.  The scheme comes into force on 26 October 2020.  


The DVS uses a star system to rate the vision from HGVs from zero star (lowest) to 5 star (highest) based only on how much a driver can see directly through their cab windows. 

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Permits for 3, 4 and 5 star rated vehicles will be issued for a period of 10 years

Permits for 1 and 2 star rated vehicles will be issued to expire on 26 October 2024

Vehicles with a zero star rating can get a permit if fitted with Safe System equipment.  Evidence of fitment will be required and a permit will be issued to expire on 26 October 2024.

To check the rating of a new Mercedes-Benz Truck you may be considering purchasing, please speak to your local Dealer:

Permits will be issued by TfL through their website:

Stage new Actros


With up to four stars under the Direct Vision Standard*, the exceptional visibility of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros and Arocs with MirrorCam increases safety in urban driving, and needs no additional equipment to obtain a 10 year HGV Safety Permit to help futureproof your business.

The reason for this exceptional visibility is partly due to the design of our cabs.  The drivers sit higher relative to the bottom of the window that contributes to better visibility. In addition, there is MirrorCam, the compact, camera-based replacement for conventional mirrors. In Direct Vision terms, the benefits of MirrorCam have nothing to do with how much more the driver can see behind, and everything to do with what they cannot see in front due to conventional mirrors

Several factors have a bearing on how much a driver can see, and therefore the star rating awarded to the vehicle.  The most obvious are lower cab heights and narrower cab widths but tyres and spring settings also come into play.


The Econic has earned a five star Direct Vision rating thanks to its deep panoramic windscreen and full-height glazed side door.


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Aftermarket windows can be fitted in the passenger door and can sometimes improve the star rating of a vehicle, depending where it sits relative to the rating boundaries.   Only windows with a Letter of No Objection from the vehicle manufacturer can be considered towards the star rating.

Please speak to your local Mercedes-Benz Truck Dealer for more information.