Thirty businesses and public sector organisations are now benefiting from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) earned recognition pilot.
The pilot, which involves Jaama customers, is a new way for organisations with lorries, buses and coaches to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards.
The businesses will regularly share performance information with DVSA, such as their MoT initial pass rates and if their drivers have broken drivers’ hours rules. In return, their vehicles from Wednesday (January 31) will no longer be routinely stopped at the roadside by DVSA. That will allow DVSA enforcement officers to target inspections and roadside checks at drivers and vehicles most likely to be a danger.
The fleets involved in the scheme, collectively responsible for more than 6,000 lorries, buses or coaches, include: BT, City of Wakefield metropolitan district council, Cemex UK, CT Plus - a social enterprise, DPD Group, Fraikin, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Speedy Asset Services and Wincanton Group.
However, fleets have until February 28 to join the pilot with the full scheme expected to launch later in 2018. When it’s launched, vehicle operators who have joined will be able to:
•Prove they’re an exemplary operator, which can help when they bid for contracts, and raise their profile with potential customers
•Use the DVSA earned recognition marque in their marketing and publicity, showing they’re serious about road safety
•Have their details shown on GOV.UK, so people know they’ve achieved the high standards needed to join the scheme
•Get access to a dedicated DVSA earned recognition team to discuss issues and ideas to help their business
Additionally their vehicles will continue to be less likely to be stopped at the roadside for checks.
DVSA chief executive Gareth Llewellyn, said: “This pilot is allowing the best operators to go about their business unhindered, so we can target our activity at those most likely to be a danger to all road users.”