At the end of this month the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) Earned Recognition pilot scheme will begin.
The government department is currently promoting the scheme to companies of all sizes in order to ensure a good balance of small and large firms are signed up to test its new strategy of dealing with non-compliant operators.
The idea is that by herding the trusted operators into one self-contained database, the DVSA can focus its time and finances on detecting firms that pose a high risk to road safety.
The DVSA appear to have ironed out their earlier technical and personnel problems ahead of the launch. The auditors are in place and the technology is now fit for purpose.
The pilot will last for six months and operators who are interested in signing up will need to complete an application form (estimated to take around 2 hours) and pass an audit.
Operators must have held an O-Licence for at least two years and had no regulatory action (except for warnings) issued by a traffic commissioner within the last two years.
Companies must also ensure they have IT systems that can share key data with the DVSA so that KPIs can be measured. The reward for operators who sign up is that by sharing their information, they will be subject to fewer compliance checks.