Cargo Express, a transportation, logistics and warehousing company providing solutions across the UK and Europe, has become one of the few firms in its class to achieve the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Earned Recognition Accreditation, for demonstrating a strong compliance and standards track record. It passed with flying colours – gaining a clean sheet with no minor or major notes.
The Midlands-based firm, with headquarters in Saltley Business Park, has formalised its already stringent processes and commitment to compliance with this accreditation.
Cargo Express Director Joseph O’Reilly explains: “We’re very proud at this achievement which highlights our comprehensive procedures and dedication to being a safe and complaint operator. The DVSA accreditation process is intense and rigorous, but as we were already operating with high compliance procedures in place, it was easier for us to demonstrate than it may be for a lot of operators.
“The requirements were far-reaching: the DVSA check elements such as tyre suitability and source or stockist – which must be able to prove a sub ten-year life – and have checked pressure levels, even if removed temporarily during maintenance work. That is just one small example of one of the many thorough vehicle safety requirements. Regular and proactive driver training to reduce accident risk, spot checks to ensure drivers have no toxins in their body, proof of regular eye tests and monthly licence checks are all procedures that were standard to us, so we were expecting to score highly, but to achieve a clean sheet across all the criteria is fantastic and testament to our company ethos,” he added.
The firm uses a DVSA accredited digital management system to report data, which enables the DVSA to monitor various Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). As a result of its efforts, its accreditation covers a two-year period, although the firm can still be subject to an audit at any time. Cargo Express will continue to report its data, from vehicle maintenance through to driver working hours and safety status, to continue to meet the KPIs that have been instrumental in its accreditation success.
Joe concluded: “Keeping records and taking a proactive approach is the key to maintaining standards. We’ve always been committed to operating safe vehicles and the best trained drivers. Even in the current climate of driver shortages, we refuse to drop our standards just to get drivers in our trucks. It’s a policy we feel passionate about for both the success of our company, and the safety of our drivers and other road users.”
There are 106 operators in the DVSA Earned Recognition scheme nationwide.