DVSA Earned Recognition

What is a DVSA Earned Recognition Operator?

DVSA earned recognition for vehicle operators is a way to prove your organisation meets driver and vehicle standards.
You regularly share performance information with DVSA. In return, your vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.

This means that you’re:
• continuously monitoring your own compliance
• using monitoring systems
• compliant with vehicle and road safety standards

It’s a voluntary scheme for organisations that have had an operator licence for at least 2 years. It’s designed to work for operators of all sizes.

You need to have a DVSA-validated IT system for vehicle maintenance and drivers’ hours. This will monitor whether you’re meeting a set of key performance indicators (KPIs).

Every 4 weeks, your system will tell DVSA if you’ve missed any of the KPIs by a set amount. If this happens, DVSA will work with you to fix any problems.

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

There’s no application fee to join the scheme. You only pay for an audit (costs vary)


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
  • you meet the earned recognition audit standards.

Extra modules

You can apply for accreditation for extra modules that show you meet the requirements to work on certain projects. These are optional and require you to meet additional audit standards or to provide extra information to DVSA.

An application for any of the extra modules can be for the whole entity or at least one operator’s licence with all its operating centres.

You might have to share information related to the extra module – such as KPIs – with a third party.

HGV operators can apply for extra modules on:

PSV operators can apply for extra modules on:


Your systems and processes must be audited by a DVSA-authorised audit provider:

  • once your application has been reviewed
  • every 2 years after you’ve joined the scheme

You need to tell your audit provider if you’re applying for extra modules.

    • Extra modules are audited every year.

How can Operator and Driver Support Services help

We can assist with your journey from start to finish.

One of our Earned Recognition consultants will guide you through the set-up process, ensuring the systems and procedures you have in place meet the requirements.  We can provide as much assistance as you require and be on hand throughout.

We are DVSA Authorised audit providers.  Our auditors are fully qualified Transport Managers and ISO9001 Lead Auditors.  Our business is ISO9001 certified.

We will arrange an Audit at a time to suit you.  The auditor will not be the same person as the consultant.  Costs will vary depending on the size of the fleet and location.  Please contact us for a quote.

We can provide consultancy and auditing together or just one or the other.  We will always work with you to ensure the best service and results.

If you would like to discuss what Operator and Driver Support Services can do to support your road transport business, contact us today.

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