Caroline Hicks, head of the National Enforcement Group at the DVSA will provide a critical update on the Earned Recognition Scheme at the Microlise Transport Conference on 20 May.

She will also explain how it enables the DVSA to target major cases of serial non-compliance among operators.

Earned Recognition was first introduced in 2018 and is designed as a way to prove fleet operators meet driver and vehicle standards, by regularly sharing performance information with DVSA. As a result, vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.

Hicks will outline the scheme's progress so far, the DVSA’s plans for the future, and how the scheme is being used as an enabler to more effectively target non-compliant operators.

The conference will take place on the 20 May at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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Now the largest event of its kind, with 1,200 delegates attending each year, the free-to-attend conference features various speakers from the sector, four workshop programmes and an exhibition area for leading industry bodies and suppliers.

“Earned Recognition has been adopted by many across the industry since it was introduced, and is proving to be very effective both in terms of reducing stops for approved operators and supporting our efforts to target the seriously and serially non-compliant,” Hicks said. “The Microlise Transport Conference offers a perfect opportunity to update the industry at large on the scheme, providing details of how it will continue to grow and develop.

“Ensuring all operators are compliant with standards is a core focus for DVSA, as those that are non-compliant pose a serious risk to their staff, road users and the public.”

Hosted by journalist, lobbyist and presenter Quentin Willson, the Microlise Transport Conference agenda will feature a range of industry leaders and subject matter experts, covering both the issues of today and the trends that will shape the future of road transport. The conference will also give delegates direct access to four workshop programmes and an extensive exhibition area.

“We’re delighted Caroline and DVSA will be joining us as part of our 2020 event,” commented Nadeem Raza, Microlise CEO.

“Earned Recognition is an essential tool in ensuring operators of HGV fleets are compliant to UK standards and we look forward to hearing how the scheme is progressing and will develop in the future. It will certainly be of great interest to delegates, who stand to benefit by ensuring non-compliant operators are targeted and dealt with in the appropriate way.”

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