Driver Vehicle Standards Agency
What is DVSA earned recognition
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) earned recognition scheme is a new way to prove you meet driver and vehicle standards.
This means that youre:
- continuously monitoring your own compliance
- using DVSA-validated IT systems
- compliant with vehicle and road safety standards
Its a voluntary scheme thats designed to work for operators of all sizes.
How it works
You need to have a DVSA-validated IT system for vehicle maintenance and drivers hours. This will monitor whether youre meeting a set of key performance indicators (KPIs).
Every 4 weeks, your system will tell DVSA if youve missed any of the KPIs by a set amount. If this happens, DVSA will work with you to fix any problems.
DVSA will not have direct access to any of your data or systems.
What are the benefits
As a DVSA earned recognition operator youll:
- be an exemplary operator, and be able to prove this when you bid for contracts
- be less likely to have your vehicles stopped at the roadside for inspections
- be less likely to have DVSA enforcement staff visit your premises
- be able to use the DVSA earned recognition marque on your website and other publicity materials (but not on your vehicles)
- be recognised as a DVSA-accredited operator on GOV.UK
- have direct access to a dedicated earned recognition team in DVSA
Before you apply you need to make sure that you meet the following criteria:
- youve had a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or public service vehicle (PSV) operator licence for at least 2 years
- the Traffic Commissioner hasnt taken any regulatory action (other than a formal warning) on any of your operator licences in the last 2 years
- you have digital management systems for vehicle maintenance and drivers hours, which can track the KPIs and automatically report if theyre missed
- you meet the earned recognition audit standards
If you have multiple operator licences
The application can only be made for the whole business - not individual licences. You must report the data for all your operator licences.
If your organisation contains multiple legal entities operating under one group - using the same management systems - you can make a single group application.
The audit standards and key performance indicators would apply and be measured over the group as a whole.
An individual legal entity cannot be removed from the group accreditation unless it changes ownership or no longer exists.
How much it costs
Theres no application fee to join the scheme.
Your systems and processes must be audited by a DVSA-authorised audit provider:
- once your application has been reviewed
- every 2 years after youve joined the scheme
You might need to pay for this, depending on the provider you choose. The providers set their own fees.
If DVSA grants you a concession, youll need an audit covering the appropriate section every year, up to April 2021.
You might need to pay to update your IT systems if they cannot measure and report on the KPIs.
The system suppliers set their own fees.
Youll need fully electronic systems by April 2021.
Earned recognition terms and conditions
As an operator, you need to meet and agree the DVSA earned recognition terms and conditions.
Apply to join the scheme
Read the self-assessment checklist.
Check if your IT system provider and audit provider have registered with DVSA. If they havent, tell them to email email@example.com to get the documents they need.
Read the guidance notes on completing the application form.
Download and complete the application form if you meet the eligibility criteria.
DVSA will check your application and get back to you.
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