What is the Earned Recognition Scheme?

In early 2018, the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) are bringing out a new scheme, which puts their focus on risky drivers who continuously break the rules of the road.

How does it work?

The Earned Recognition Scheme has been brought in so that fleets of vehicles can prove they meet driver and vehicle standards. To do this, you will regularly share your performance information with the DVSA and, in return, the vehicles in your fleet are less likely to be pulled over for inspections.

Why is it being brought in?

There are approximately 15,600 vehicles stopped by the DVSA each year, and the scheme aims to reduce costs amassed by these stops. Stopping vehicles costs the DVSA £4,000 per vehicle, per day – so reducing these costs will give the DVSA more time and funds to focus their attention on drivers who actually pose a risk to the public.

Is it going to be mandatory?

The Earned Recognition Scheme is not expected to be mandatory.

Are there any benefits to being a part of the scheme?

Members of the Earned Recognition Scheme can expect to enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • The use of the DVSA marque on their marketing materials
  • Appear on the official government website, on a published list of businesses who are part of the scheme
  • Reduced burden of enforcement activities

What are the requirements to be a part of the scheme?

To be a part of the scheme, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have held a HGV or PSV operator licence for at least two years
  • Have digital management systems for vehicle maintenance
  • A good history of compliance with driver and vehicle standards

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