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Progressive Safe System Explained for HGV Operators

12 December 2023

Preparing for the Progressive Safe System: A Guide for Commercial Vehicle Operators


In the ever-evolving landscape of road safety, the introduction of the Progressive Safe System (PSS) stands as a pivotal development for commercial vehicle operators. This system plays a crucial role in enhancing the safety of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), particularly in urban areas like London.

What is PSS?

The Progressive Safe System is an advanced safety standard designed to complement the Direct Vision Standard (DVS). Its primary objective is to equip HGVs with additional safety features that minimize risks to vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

PSS Objectives:

  • Enhance Vehicle Safety: Incorporate advanced safety technologies in HGVs.
  • Protect Vulnerable Road Users: Reduce the risk of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Complement DVS: Work in tandem with DVS to improve overall vehicle safety.

Alignment with DVS

While DVS focuses on the driver's direct field of vision, PSS aims to address the safety aspects beyond direct vision. It ensures that vehicles not only meet visual standards but are also equipped with technologies to mitigate risks in blind spots and during manoeuvres.

Key Components of PSS

The essential elements of the Progressive Safe System include:

  1. Camera Monitoring Systems: To cover blind spots and provide a comprehensive view around the vehicle.
  2. Sensor Systems: For detecting the presence of vulnerable road users near the vehicle.
  3. Audible Warning Systems: To alert external road users when the vehicle is turning or manoeuvring.
  4. External Pictorial Warnings: Signage to inform nearby pedestrians and cyclists about the vehicle’s potential movements.

Visual Aid:

  • [Image Placeholder: Diagram of PSS Components on an HGV]

Steps to Compliance

Implementing PSS requires a systematic approach:

  1. Assessment: Evaluate your current fleet against PSS requirements.
  2. Planning: Develop a plan for upgrading or replacing non-compliant vehicles.
  3. Implementation: Install the necessary safety equipment and technologies.
  4. Training: Educate drivers and staff about new features and protocols.
  5. Certification: Ensure your fleet obtains the necessary certifications and permits.

Compliance Checklist:

  • [Table Placeholder: PSS Compliance Checklist for HGV Operators]


Adopting the Progressive Safe System is not only a regulatory necessity but a commitment to safety and responsibility. Early adoption of PSS can significantly enhance the safety of your fleet, protect vulnerable road users, and demonstrate your company's dedication to leading in road safety practices.

Call to Action

Ready to upgrade your fleet with the Progressive Safe System? Explore our range of PSS-compliant equipment and services. For more information on DVS and how it integrates with PSS, read our previous posts in this series:

For detailed guidelines on PSS, visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Embrace the future of road safety today by preparing your fleet for the Progressive Safe System. Stay informed, stay compliant, and lead the way in making our roads safer for everyone.

Explore Our DVS and PSS Article Series

Begin your journey through our comprehensive series on the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and Progressive Safe System (PSS). Each article is designed to provide in-depth insights and practical guidance for fleet operators and industry professionals.

Article Title Brief Overview
Understanding the Direct Vision Standard (DVS): What Every Fleet Operator Needs to Know An introductory guide to DVS, its ratings, compliance requirements, and impact on road safety.
The Impact of DVS on HGV Operators: Navigating New Regulations Insights into how DVS affects HGV operations, with a focus on challenges and compliance strategies.
Preparing for the Progressive Safe System: A Guide for Commercial Vehicle Operators An exploration of PSS, detailing its implementation alongside DVS and actionable compliance steps.
How to Achieve Compliance with the Direct Vision Standard A step-by-step compliance guide, including documentation tips and common pitfalls to avoid.
Advanced Safety Equipment for HGVs: Meeting the Progressive Safe System Requirements Information on the latest safety equipment for PSS compliance and its role in enhancing fleet safety.
The Future of Road Safety: How DVS and PSS are Shaping Safer Urban Environments A look at the long-term impact of DVS and PSS on urban road safety, city planning, and global trends.
Navigating Permit Applications: A Comprehensive Guide for DVS and PSS Compliance Comprehensive assistance on the permit application process, covering all essential aspects for smooth compliance.
Case Studies: Success Stories in Implementing DVS and Progressive Safe System Standards Real-life success stories demonstrating the implementation and benefits of DVS and PSS.
Staying Ahead: The Future Developments in Direct Vision Standard and Progressive Safe System Insights into future trends and developments in DVS and PSS, with tips for staying proactive in the industry.
Whether you're new to DVS and PSS or looking to deepen your understanding, our series offers valuable insights for every professional in the field.
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