IT’S THE NEW ‘C’ WORD FOR HAULIERS: COMPLIANCE. BUT THERE’S NO ESCAPE. TRUCKS AND THEIR OWNERS ARE UNDER SCRUTINY LIKE NEVER BEFORE. IAN NORWELL LOOKS AT HOW YOU CAN STAY OUT OF THE ‘NEEDS WATCHING’ FILES.
The folders at the DVSA (driver vehicle and standards agency) are a mountain of data that reflects the health of Britain’s commercial vehicles. It is directly used to arrive at an OCRS (operator compliance risk score), and you are listed there. Yes, it’s another legislative layer, but the ultimate aim is to raise the standards of commercial vehicle roadworthiness and it’s hard to object to that aim. Mark Grant, aftersales director at Scania Great Britain agrees. He says, “It is a fair system that gives an important focus to road transport safety.” But he also says that the system still has its imperfections.