The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is launching a new service aimed at supporting fleet operators who want to join the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency's (DVSA) voluntary Earned Recognition Scheme.
The Earned Recognition Data Hub, which launched at the Commercial Vehicle Show on April 24, brings 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.
The DVSA's Earned Recognition Scheme was also launched at the CV Show this year and it is a new way for fleets with lorries, buses and coaches to prove they meet driver and vehicle standards.
Those that are part of the scheme agree to regularly share performance information with DVSA, such as their MoT initial pass rates and if their drivers have broken drivers’ hours rules.
In return, their vehicles are less likely to be stopped for roadside inspections, saving them time and money. DVSA will still stop vehicles if they’re in an obviously dangerous condition.
This will allow DVSA to target more of its enforcement activities at the high-risk traffic who put other road users in danger.
David Wells, FTA chief executive, 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 a software solution to help operators get the most from DVSA's Earned Recognition."
The FTA said any surplus money made from the scheme will be donated to a charity to promote the image of the industry and attract new talent.
The Earned Recognition (ER) scheme is already being used by more than 50 businesses.
The ER data hub can take vehicle maintenance data and report against the DVSA's KPIs. It can also integrate driver data if a business has multiple tachograph analysis providers too.
Wells said: "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."
What is the DVSA earned recognition scheme?