RHA Member Achieves Earned Recognition In Welsh First

RHA Member Achieves Earned Recognition In Welsh First

09 Feb 2024 Posted By Joe Scotting

Brecon-based RHA member Williams Coaches has attained DVSA Earned Recognition status – the first PCV operator in Wales to earn the accreditation.

DVSA Earned Recognition is a voluntary scheme where operators pass an audit to prove they meet high driver and vehicle standards. Operators that take part regularly share performance data with DVSA and in return will be less likely to be stopped for roadside inspections.

Williams Coaches Director, John Williams, told Bus and Coach Buyer: “We always strive to achieve as close to perfection as possible.

“The required audit for the official status was a tough process. But it’s all down to our members of staff, such as the drivers who all make sure they do their checks and use their tachographs correctly. You can have shiny new vehicles, but it’s the staff that make the company.

“Now we have Earned Recognition, we know where we are; we have certainty that we have everything in place and that everything is right."

Andy Warrender, RHA Operations Manager, Coach Sector, said: “It's always good to hear of more businesses gaining Earned Recognition and this one’s particularly notable being the first coach operator in Wales. Other members in the scheme report to us that it has real benefit to their business and urge others to follow suit”

Operators that receive earned recognition status from DVSA receive the following benefits:

  • vehicles will be less likely to be stopped for roadside checks
  • reduced running costs
  • proof of being an exemplary operator if bidding for work

DVSA offers the ‘Road to DVSA Earned Recognition’ programme, which supports operators wanting to achieve the accreditation.

More information can be found here.

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