The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) earned recognition scheme has been officially launched after a successful year long pilot scheme involving more than 60 operators.
DVSA earned recognition is a new way for organisations with lorries, buses and coaches to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards.
Operators 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.
Operators currently on the scheme and those who join subsequently will also get a range of benefits, including 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 ww.gov.uk and being able to prove they are exemplary operators when bidding for contracts and having direct access to a dedicated earned-recognition team in DVSA.
Dave Wood, DVSA Enforcement Policy Manager, said: “Earned recognition marks a shift in approach from DVSA.
“It’s about rewarding operators who are serious about road safety and having a relationship where we work with them.
“By doing that, we can free up time and resources to focus on the dangerous drivers and vehicles that put other road users at risk.”
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