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If you’re a transport manager or owner operator, you will have undoubtedly heard of Earned Recognition.
For those of you not familiar with this term, here’s a quick low down:
Earned Recognition is a new voluntary scheme being launched by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) at some point over the next few months. There are still many details that need to be clarified and confirmed by the agency prior to launch but basically the scheme will reward operators that abide by the rules.
Earned Recognition: Fewer Compliance Checks
Operators who allow the DVSA access to their tachograph and maintenance databases can expect to receive fewer compliance checks. Operators must also be able to confirm the following criteria to join:
• The company must have been operating for a minimum of two years
• Provide evidence that there has been no action taken by a traffic commissioner in two years
• Have a minimum annual test past rate of 95%
• Undertake a third-party audit
Additionally, operators who want to enter the scheme will need to ensure that they have the technology in place to be able to share their information with the DVSA.
The DVSA is hoping that Earned Recognition will reduce the agency’s costs and allow them to focus on those operators who pose a high risk by undertaking more checks. However, compliance product manager, David Wood, has reiterated that those firms who choose not to enter the new scheme will not be looked upon adversely.
More details should be announced in the near future. Keep checking our blog and Facebook page for more information.