The first truck, bus and coach operators taking part in the DVSA earned recognition for commercial vehicle operators pilot were announced today.
The companies include distribution firm DPD, high street retailers John Lewis and Sainsbury’s, telecoms firm BT and Bristol-based bus company, CT Plus. Participating operators are of all sizes, from two to more than 3,500 vehicles.
These operators regularly share performance information with DVSA. In return, their vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.
The full list of all the operators taking part in the pilot has been published on GOV.UK, and includes private and public sector organisations, more than 100 operator licences and 6,000 vehicles.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles. This pilot allows 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.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped us develop the pilot to the point where operators are starting to see the benefits.”
David Wells, FTA Chief Executive, said: “Earned recognition will support all compliant operators – not just those accredited – as it allows DVSA to focus its valuable roadside enforcement resource on those who represent a clear and immediate danger to all road users.
“While FTA members are well represented in the pilot cohort, many operators are hoping that being lifted out of targeted enforcement is just the first of many tangible benefits accredited operators in the future will be able to enjoy when the full scheme goes live.”
DVSA is still accepting applications to join the pilot. Operators will get more help from DVSA to get them through the process if they apply by 28 February 2018. Details of how the pilot works and how to apply are available at www.gov.uk/dvsa/earned-recognition.