Are you ready for DVSA Desk Based Assessments?
Since the merger of the DSA and VOSA the drive to remove non-compliant transport operators continues. The latest development include the newly formed Remote Enforcement Office, which is based in Avonmouth, Bristol.
In a bid to continue the streamlined approach to assessments the DVSA are now distributing Desk Based Assessments to transport operators. This represents a shift from the standard practice where DVSA Examiners would make personal visits to Operators.
These letters now request that the Operator supply full evidence to support their compliance with a series of regulations and operating conditions.
Although this desk based assessment seems to be a major and progressive step there is concern that many Operators are simply ill-equipped to provide the supporting evidence that is required.
Obligations that constitute this remote enforcement process includes the ability to provide supporting evidence on the following –
- Driver licence/CPC/ADR compliance,
- Drivers hours, working time records
- Driver defect reporting
- Preventative maintenance, inspections and forward planning,
- Driver’s Continual Professional Development
- Observance of loading/speed limits
This step change follows recent months of evolution from within the DVSA and a desire to both improve the practical relationship between the DVSA and the Transport, and also to speed up the process of enforcement.
In May 2014 Western Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell said the Traffic Commission hopes to streamline the process between a DVSA examiner visiting an operator’s premises in a targeted check, and bringing them to a public inquiry.
She went on to say that the various Traffic Commissions are this year working with the DVSA on strategies to get non-compliant operators off the road quickly by reducing the amount of time and steps needed before going to a public enquiry. They also want to work more closely with the DVSA.
These developments within the UK transport and haulage industry are set to bring in new ways to maintain compliance. As such there has never been a clearer signal that Transport Operators need to take matters seriously.
Advanced vehicle telematics are now able to provide a practical solution, giving accurate and valid data that provides clear supporting evidence of a commitment to full compliance.
For an independent evaluation and advice on how to prepare for Desk Based Assessment please contact Tom Dickerson of FLEETSense