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DVSA Earned Recognition

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What is Earned Recognition?

DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) Earned Recognition is a voluntary scheme designed to enable vehicle operators of all sizes to prove that their organisation meets driver and vehicle standards. By participating in this scheme, operators signal their commitment to going beyond the minimum legal requirements, demonstrating exemplary professionalism within the industry. DVSA earned recognition operators regularly share performance information with the DVSA in the form of a monthly report.

The Benefits

What are the benefits?

As a DVSA earned recognition operator you’ll:

  • be an exemplary operator, and be able to prove this when you bid for contracts

  • be less likely to have your vehicles stopped at the roadside for inspections

  • be less likely to have DVSA enforcement staff visit your premises

  • be able to use the DVSA earned recognition logo on your website and other publicity materials (but not on your vehicles)

  • be recognised as a DVSA-accredited operator on GOV.UK

  • have direct access to a dedicated earned recognition team in DVSA

The Scheme

How does DVSA Earned Recognition Work?

Before you apply you need to make sure that you meet the following 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 management systems for vehicle maintenance and digital management systems for drivers’ hours, which you can use to track the KPIs and report if they’re missed.  This means that the earned recognition standard is not difficult to achieve if you are compliant.

  • you meet the earned recognition audit standards

If you have multiple operator licences

The application can only be made for the whole business - not individual licences. You must report the data for all your operator licences.

If your organisation contains multiple legal entities operating under one group - using the same management systems - you can make a single group application.

The audit standards and key performance indicators would apply and be measured over the group as a whole.

An individual legal entity cannot be removed from the group accreditation unless it changes ownership or no longer exists.


How will J17 help you achieve Earned Recognition status?


Preparation of policies, procedures and systems for both HGV & PCV


Demonstrating an approved DVSA IT supplier system


Providing you with an audit report that is submitted to DVSA for approval


Providing ongoing compliance advice and services if and when required


J17 have 100% success in applications and interim audits & average 98% evidential value from The DVSA - ER Quality Assurance Team

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