DriverLink is now a DVSA Earned Recognition operator, which is only available to operators who have Earned Recognition status and DVSA-approved audit providers and validated IT suppliers.
This latest blog from DriverLink will tell you everything you need to know about the marquee and how it works.
The DVSA Earned Recognition program is a voluntary scheme developed to enable vehicle operators, regardless of their size, to prove their commitment to meeting stringent driver and vehicle standards.
To participate in this program, operators regularly share performance information with the DVSA in the form of monthly reports.
This initiative has been cultivated over several years and offers compliant and exemplary operators a distinctive status.
As a result, these operators face fewer roadside checks and experience a more collaborative relationship with the DVSA should any compliance issues arise during their participation in the scheme.
These operators work closely with a dedicated team at DVSA, with this team having access to a wealth of data to ensure that both the operator and its drivers continue to maintain compliance with specific key performance indicators.
To become a DVSA Earned Recognition Operator, certain criteria must be met:
This audit must demonstrate that the operator is currently compliant and has effective working systems in place or will have them in place within three months as per a specific action plan. Additional audit reports need to be submitted on a two-year basis.
The key performance indicators are centered around maintenance, drivers’ hours compliance, and fixed penalties or prosecutions incurred by the operator.
These indicators include ensuring that all planned maintenance inspections (PMIs) are completed on schedule, achieving a high initial pass rate at annual vehicle and trailer tests, keeping drivers’ hours infringements to a minimum, and avoiding most serious infringements and unaccounted missing mileage.
Joining the DVSA Earned Recognition scheme has numerous benefits:
It’s essential to note that participation in the DVSA Earned Recognition scheme is voluntary, and operators can choose to withdraw at any point.
The DVSA has the authority to remove operators from the scheme if they can no longer demonstrate compliance or if their actions are likely to bring the scheme into disrepute.