Transport managers urged to prepare for Earned Recognition15 December 2016

More than a quarter (27%) of transport professionals do not have the necessary systems or technology to benefit from the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme.

Nine hundred delegates who attended the recent FTA Transport Manager events were asked about their readiness for the scheme, due to launch in 2017 – and, in addition to the 27% who know they don’t have the right technology, a further 15% do not know if they have the necessary systems in place.

Operators will need to share tachograph and maintenance data with the DVSA, in order to benefit from Earned Recognition.

The survey also uncovered which technologies transport professionals feel make the biggest difference in supporting compliance; and how they gauge liability following an incident.

The majority (32%) felt that digital walk-around checks make the biggest difference for compliance, with driver hours visibility and alerting (24%) and remote digital tachograph download (15%) the second and third most influential technologies.

Meanwhile 66% said they use video, telematics or integrated telematics and video to gauge liability following an incident. Just over a quarter (26%) take their drivers’ word as the main source of evidence; and just 7% use an external accident investigation service.

“It’s great that almost half of those who responded at the FTA Transport Manager conferences have got the technologies and systems in place to take advantage of Earned Recognition next year. But it still leaves a large proportion who aren’t sure, or know they aren’t ready,” said Matthew Hague, Microlise’s executive director for product strategy.

He added: “I believe Earned Recognition will be a game changer for compliant operators – delivering a real competitive advantage for those that are ready.”

Laura Cork

Related Companies
Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
Freight Transport Association Ltd
Microlise Ltd

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