Earned Recognition

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Aquarius IT Ltd is an IT System Provider for Earned Recognition.

This DVSA voluntary scheme is aimed at conscientious operators who are able to demonstrate high standards of compliance.

Earned Recognition

Join the scheme

A number of our customers are signed up to the scheme and data is being submitted according to the DVSA requirements, via our ClockWatcher elite software.

Prove to the DVSA that you meet the driver and vehicle standards for Earned Recognition by:

  • continuously monitoring your own compliance
  • using our DVSA-validated IT system
  • being compliant with vehicle and road safety standards

Remember that this is a voluntary scheme which is designed to work for operators of all sizes. The DVSA are requesting that all operators have a fully electronic system by April 2021.

How does it work?

The Earned Recognition module built into ClockWatcher Elite allows the user to monitor whether the set Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are being met. This module is available to all ClockWatcher Elite users, regardless of whether you are signed up to the scheme, and incurs no extra charge.

Once you have enrolled in the scheme ClockWatcher Elite will automatically send notification to the DVSA informing them of any missed KPIs by a set amount. If this happens, DVSA will work with you to fix any problems.

It is important to note that the DVSA have no direct access to the data or to ClockWatcher Elite.

Earned Recognition

So what are the benefits?

You can benefit from Earned Recognition by:

  • being an exemplary operator, and being able to prove this when you bid for contracts
  • being less likely to have your vehicles stopped at the roadside for inspections
  • being less likely to have DVSA enforcement staff visit your premises
  • using the DVSA earned recognition marque on your website and other publicity materials (but not on your vehicles)
  • having the recognition on Gov.com as a DVSA-accredited operator
  • having direct access to a dedicated earned recognition team in DVSA

Unsure of your eligibility?

Operators must meet the following criteria:

  • Have held a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or public service vehicle (PSV) operator licence for at least 2 years
  • No regulatory action by the Traffic Commissioner has been taken against any of your operator licences in the last 2 years
  • Have Digital Management systems in place for Vehicle Maintenance and Drivers' Hours, such as the modules provided by ClockWatcher Elite, to track the KPIs and automatically report if they're missed
  • Ensure Earned Recognition audit standards are met

If you have multiple operator licences

Points to note...

  • The application can only be made for the whole business - not individual licences.
  • You must report the data for all your operator licences.
  • If your organisation contains multiple legal entities operating under one group - using the same management systems - you can make a single group application.
  • The audit standards and key performance indicators would apply and be measured over the group as a whole.
  • An individual legal entity cannot be removed from the group accreditation unless it changes ownership or no longer exists.
Earned Recognition

"Remote downloading and the integrated solution provided by the Aquarius and NIBC team was key to helping Montgomery Transport Group become the first Northern Irish Haulier to achieve Earned Recognition status. Migration of data into the ClockWatcher software was made as seamless as possible and the installation, training and support received so far has assisted in our compliance requirements."
Stephen Marshall - Montgomery Transport Group