DVSA Earned Recognition Scheme 

Earned recognition is a new way for vehicle operators to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards. 
Earned Recognition will be accredited to operators who record and submit data which satisfies key performance indicators relevant to vehicle maintenance, drivers’ hours and will recognise operators who show high standards of compliance. 
This is currently a voluntary scheme which the DVSA are encouraging interested operators to apply to join. 
Operators will also need to use compatible IT systems which H-TEC can provide. 

How it works 

You need to have a DVSA-validated IT system for vehicle maintenance and drivers’ hours. This will monitor whether you’re meeting a set of key performance indicators (KPIs). 
Every 4 weeks, your system will tell DVSA if you’ve missed any of the KPIs by a set amount. If this happens, DVSA will work with you to fix any problems. 


As a DVSA earned recognition operator you’ll: 
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: 
you’ve had a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or public service vehicle (PSV) operator licence for at least 2 years 
the Traffic Commissioner hasn’t 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 they’re missed 
you meet the earned recognition audit standards 


There’s no application fee to join the scheme. 
Your systems and processes must be audited by a DVSA-authorised audit provider which H-TEC can offer to you: 
Once your application has been reviewed 
Every 2 years after you have joined the scheme 
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