The DVSA has launched a two-year programme for new HGV operators to help them work towards becoming earned recognition (ER) members.

The enforcement agency said its ‘road to DVSA earned recognition’ programme will provide support and guidance to operators that have been issued with a licence in the last six months.

It said being on the programme would help hauliers build best practice and good compliance in their business so that they can then go on to apply for ER status with confidence.

The DVSA said that by having closer ties to the agency, operators that join the programme are more likely to meet its standards and can work towards membership of the ER scheme.

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DVSA head of enforcement relationship management, Laura Great-Rex, said: “This is a great way for new HGV and bus operators to work with DVSA and get guidance to help them manage their operating licence compliance.

“We want to encourage social responsibility and we’ll help new operators develop processes to keep their vehicles and drivers safe.

“By joining, new operators will carry out best practice from the start.”

Last week, a consultation into proposals to allow ER operators to enjoy longer HGV test intervals closed and the feedback is now being analysed.