Operator’s Licence Compliance Audits

When an operator’s licence has been granted, the DVSA have the power to enter any premises named on an operator’s licence and inspect all large goods vehicles and all the management systems that the operator has in place.

It is thus important that any transport operation meets the DVSA’s and the Traffic Commissioner’s standards at all times.

During an inspection, the DVSA expect to see established management systems, including:

  • initial and refresher training for drivers on drivers’ hours and tachograph regulations.
  • checking of tachograph data to ensure compliance with drivers’ hours regulations.
  • appropriate storage of all driving and working time records.
  • driver disciplinary systems.
  • periodic driving licence checks.
  • driver defect reporting.
  • consistent inspection and maintenance timetables.
  • monitoring of MOTs, vehicle tax and tachograph inspection and calibration certificates


We offer an operator’s licence compliance audit based on the same criteria that the DVSA use to evaluate an operator. On the visit to an operating centre, we scrutinise every aspect of the transport operation to determine whether the operator complies with all of the DVSA’s expectations.

After our visit, we prepare a report detailing all of the management systems the operator has in place. The report advises whether the current systems are up to the required standard or whether they need improving. The report also outlines any systems that are currently missing, and our recommendation for how to implement them.

Please contact us to discuss a potential compliance audit.