Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Freight Transport Association Launches Service to Support Road Haulage Firms in DVSA Scheme

Earned Recognition Data to be Collected by FTA Hub but Not for Commercial Gain
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UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is launching a pioneering new service aimed at supporting operators who want to join the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's (DVSA) voluntary Earned Recognition Scheme, a new way for organisations with lorries, buses, and coaches to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards. Those that have opted into the scheme will regularly share performance information with the DVSA and in return will see their vehicles less likely to be stopped for roadside inspections.

The Earned Recognition Data Hub, which was officially launched on April 24 at the Commercial Vehicle Show, will aim to bring together both vehicle maintenance and driver data from multiple sources and has been designed to be a low-cost, not-for-profit solution to help the industry. Any surplus made will be donated to a charity to promote the image of the industry and attract new talent.

The Earned Recognition (ER) scheme is growing rapidly in popularity and is already being used by more than 50 businesses. The FTA says that it will support operators who want to join the voluntary scheme, enabling them to gain industry recognition, save money and avoid being stopped at the roadside. In launching the new service, the FTA’s Chief Executive David Wells, said:

“DVSA’s Earned Recognition requires operators to prove they meet certain driver and vehicle standards. We know that collecting data from multiple sources can prove challenging and costly, and so using FTA expertise we have developed an industry-leading software solution to help operators get the most from DVSA’s Earned Recognition.

“Not only does the ER Data Hub take your vehicle maintenance data and report against DVSA Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), it can integrate driver data if you have multiple tachograph analysis providers too. We want to help operators capture 100% of their fleet data with the confidence that it is held confidentially, securely and not used for commercial gain.”