DVSA to pilot earned recognition scheme

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is ready to start a pilot of its ‘earned recognition’ scheme, in which bus and HGV operators can earn the right to be checked less frequently.

The aim is to ensure the agency focuses its resources on those operators who pose the most risk.

Operators wanting to take part will have to undertake a third party audit of their compliance systems by a DVSA-approved auditor. Operators will share key performance data with DVSA on vehicle roadworthiness, other work undertaken by drivers and drivers’ hours.

Gordon MacDonald, head of enforcement policy at DVSA, says: “DVSA’s first priority is to protect the public from unsafe drivers and vehicles. We want to focus our resources on the rule breakers – operators who put their drivers and the wider public at risk.

“We know that roadside checks cost operators time and money. By sharing access to their compliance system, we can make sure that compliant firms are not targeted unnecessarily.

“In the spring, we’ll be inviting expressions of interest from operators who want to take part in the pilot. This will allow us to test and refine the concept. If successful, we’ll roll it out to all operators who want to apply.”

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