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TfL begins issuing PCNs and revoking permits in clampdown on DVS

Logistics UK has received a number of calls from its members who have been issued with Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), following a clampdown by Transport for London (TfL) on its Direct Vision Standard (DVS).

While enforcement of the DVS officially started on 1 March, it is only in recent weeks that TfL has started issuing PCNs to vehicles without a permit and conducting roadside checks to ensure that safe system equipment is fitted and functional.

Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy – South, Logistics UK, said: “We were advised by TfL that a number of vehicles have had their permits revoked after failing roadside checks. These include zero-star rated vehicles that had been granted permits but where some or all of the safety equipment had not been fitted.”

A lack of warning signs or stickers were cited by TfL as the most common reason for permit revocations. In other cases, equipment was fitted but not working, for example the audible left turn warning.

In the case of artics, permits are issued to the tractor units, and stickers on trailers are not required in the photographic evidence to gain a permit. However, Logistics UK advises its members to ensure that trailers used with zero-rated tractor units display stickers.

“We have received reports of an additional issue where notifications of permit revocations are sent via email to the email address on the permit application,” Chapman said, “Logistics UK is calling on TfL to also notify operators by post and to allow companies to change the email address against a permit. In the meantime we recommend members use a generic email address that is consistently monitored for new DVS permit applications, to ensure revocation notices are received in the event someone is off sick, on annual leave or has left the business.”


Published On: 20/05/2021 17:00:32


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