Drivers may be stopped at the roadside by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for vehicle inspections. They will generally use a company’s Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) to determine which of those vehicles should be stopped.
What is it?
OCRS is a means of judging the level of compliance of individual operators and companies in the areas of vehicle roadworthiness and traffic compliance e.g. drivers’ hours, weighing checks etc. Your chances of being stopped at the roadside are higher if your corresponding OCRS score is high.
How OCRS works
Your OCRS score is based on data collected by DVSA over a rolling three year period to the end of the previous Friday based on data taken from your:
• Annual tests results
• Roadside inspections history
• Results of visits to your premises
Your scoring is split into two areas:
OCRS scores are determined for each of your operator’s licences. Therefore, you will have two scores (roadworthiness and traffic) for each individual licence that you have. This allows you to identify any specific issues with a particular licence and take the necessary action to rectify these issues.
It is very likely that a new operator’s licence will have no score until vehicles attached to that licence are encountered by DVSA, e.g. through vehicle tests or roadside encounters.
A sift is a visual assessment of the apparent condition of an Heavy Goods Vehicle which will normally involve the enforcement officer walking around the vehicle and should not require the driver of the vehicle to operate any controls or for the examiner to use any other equipment or go under a vehicle. A sift is not counted as an encounter on the operators OCRS.