Gareth Llewellyn, DVSA Chief Executive, has officially launched the DVSA earned recognition scheme at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Lockwood Haulage have been granted founder member status.
How the scheme works
DVSA earned recognition is a new way for organisations with lorries, buses and coaches to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards.
They’ll regularly share performance information with DVSA, such as their MOT initial pass rates and if their drivers have broken drivers’ hours rules.
In return, their vehicles are less likely to be stopped for roadside inspections, saving them time and money. DVSA will still stop vehicles if they’re in an obviously dangerous condition.
This will allow DVSA to target more of its enforcement activities at the high-risk traffic who put other road users in danger.
Benefits for vehicle operators
Since 1 February 2018, operators who joined the pilot have received some early benefits. They’ve been significantly less likely to be stopped by DVSA.
With the launch of DVSA earned recognition, operators currently on the scheme and those who join later will get the full benefits. These include:
- use of the DVSA earned recognition marque to use on their websites and other publicity materials
- being recognised as a DVSA approved operator through a published list on GOV.UK
- being able to prove they are exemplary operators when bidding for contracts
- DVSA enforcement staff being much less likely to stop their vehicles at the roadside
- DVSA enforcement staff being much less likely to visit their premises
- having direct access to a dedicated earned-recognition team in DVSA