DVSA Earned Recognition

Earned recognition is a new way for operators of both LGV and PSV fleets to prove that they meet driver and vehicle standards.

The DVSA will not have constant access to the operator’s driver and vehicle compliance data; they will be informed if certain ‘Key Performance Indicators’ (KPIs) aren’t met.

Dave Robbins Transport Consultants have assisted the DVSA as a third party audit provider throughout the pilot phase of the scheme.

With a growing number of operators joining the scheme, the DVSA are able to target their resources effectively, by stopping the seriously and serially non-compliant operators.

We would like to congratulate HOYER UK LTD for achieving earned recognition founder member status.

This was the first audit we conducted during the earned recognition pilot phase.

DVSA Earned Recognition eligibility 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

How much does it cost to join?

The DVSA do not charge operators to become part of earned recognition.

You will be required to pay for a third party audit to be conducted, to prove that you meet the standards.

Every two years an audit of your systems will need to be arranged.

You may need to upgrade your drivers’ hours and vehicle maintenance system. A list of system providers can be found on the GOV.UK website.

How do I know if I meet the standard before applying?

We can also offer a pre-audit service. This audit will identify areas that don’t meet the standard and an action plan will be provided. Once the action points have been implemented, the application for earned recognition can be made.

More information regarding the application procedure, along with the required checklist and application forms, can be found on the GOV.UK website.