TruTac, part of the Microlise Group, is highlighting the benefits of the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme to vehicle operators, following the success reported by many of its customers.

The scheme is open to both HGV and PSV operators and is designed to promote best practice for fleet operators, majoring on driver and vehicle safety.

Operators can benchmark themselves against the Earned Recognition scheme KPI’s – which are included free of charge within TruTac’s tachograph analysis and fleet management software – to compare themselves against in real time. The dashboards provide a great indicator against the scheme metrics to enable focused improvements prior to going through the application process.

Many fleets have begun using these KPIs as a benchmark for driving compliance improvements for drivers and vehicles, while others have applied them to operational objectives and key results leading to greater efficiencies for the business.

Those who go through the application process and are awarded Earned Recognition status are reaping other benefits including winning tenders where it’s a required standard or from reductions in vehicle downtime through better monitoring of their fleets. In certain cases, drivers have simply told their employers they are happy and proud to be working for an organisation that values high standards.

“There is no shortage of tangible benefits to joining Earned Recognition.” says TruTac’s Managing Director, Jemma James, “Any operator in pursuit of it is clearly keen to do a good job, and let their customers know as much.”

“Those who qualify for the scheme often discover improved techniques to make their drivers and vehicles safer and more complaint along the way; giving a clearer view of exactly what’s going on with their fleet, so they can focus on key areas.”

TruTac was the first systems provider with dual drivers and fleet systems accredited under Earned Recognition and their specific dashboards are designed to help operators achieve the status. As a DVSA-approved supplier, its systems such as TruControl – an all-in-one compliance module – and TruAnalysis PSV – tachograph analysis reporting specifically for passenger vehicle operators – and TruFleet, their fleet management software – among other products, are pre-configured to help users boost safety and compliance to the high standards required by the scheme.

Earned Recognition operators are also less likely to have their vehicles stopped at the roadside for inspections and the same applies to site visits from DVSA enforcement staff. They are recognised as DVSA-accredited operators on the website and can use the Earned Recognition logo as part of their publicity materials. Also, they have direct access to the DVSA’s dedicated Earned Recognition team.

“The Earned Recognition scheme presents an opportunity for operators to demonstrate they are at the forefront of driver and vehicle safety,” says Caroline Hicks, Head of Regulatory Services and Transformation at the DVSA.

“Operators benefit from access to DVSA’s Earned Recognition team who offer support and expert insight in identifying trends or potential issues on compliance and work with them to deliver solutions. Earned Recognition-approved systems also provide a comprehensive overview of an operation. This offers operators live and accessible data to enable them to streamline processes and maximise resource within the rules.

“I believe the scheme provides those in the heavy vehicle industry with the tools and opportunities to be the best in the business on safety.”

TruTac will be demonstrating its full range of compliance control software and support services at the forthcoming Euro Bus Expo show in Birmingham on 1st-3rd November. Highlights will be a fresh look at CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport) Driver’s Daily Checks software; CPT Time – the Confederation’s bespoke Driver APP and TruDocuments Premium – TruTac’s latest module for ‘paperless’ compliance admin’.