DVSA launches Earned Recognition pilot

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is looking for truck, bus and coach operators who can demonstrate high standards of compliance to take part in the trial of its Earned Recognition scheme.

Participants can range from large fleet companies to single vehicle operators, but in order to be eligible they must have:

• Held an operator’s licence for at least two years.

• Had no regulatory action by a Traffic Commissioner for at least two years, other than warnings.

• An electronic management system for maintenance and drivers’ hours which can track KPIs and report exceptions automatically.

They will also need to meet the DVSA’s audit standards. These and other relevant documents are available by email from distribution@vosa.gsi.gov.uk. Successful applicants will then need to arrange and pay for an audit of their transport management systems and how they are managed.

“During the pilot, you won’t be able to publicise that you’re taking part,” the DVSA’s Earned Recognition Product Specialist Melanie York explained. “Our roadside enforcement teams also won’t be aware which operators are taking part. So, your vehicles will still be inspected as normal as part of our roadside enforcement checks.

“However, if the Earned Recognition concept goes live and you successfully complete the pilot, you’ll automatically earn a place on the scheme. This means the DVSA will be much less likely to stop you at the roadside, saving you time and money.”

Businesses that control multiple operator licences will only be considered on the business as a whole, not on individual licences.