24.2.2021 | Risk ManagementVARTAN Consultancy delivers business benefits through operator compliance
Critical areas of non-compliance identified.
With the additional complexities facing the logistics sector since leaving the EU, now more than ever is the time for hauliers and operators to ensure they are DVSA Operator Licence compliant.
VARTAN Consultancy helps clients ensure their operational compliance and reap the business benefits achieved by running vehicles efficiently and safely.
Peter Bennett, VARTAN’s recently appointed Operator Licence Compliance Consultant, says: “Those companies that stay ahead of their obligations see a raft of benefits, not least peace of mind for the fleet/transport manager and the company’s directors. Compliance can also help towards achieving DVSA earned recognition status and is a key enabler when it comes to obtaining accreditations such as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and Fleet Operator Recognition (FORS) Bronze to Gold .”
Critical areas of non-compliance where defects are identified include*:
- Brake systems
- Condition of tyres
- Service brake operation
- Direction indicators and hazard warning lamps
- Steering mechanism
- Spray suppression
Peter continues: “Whilst overall compliance breaches have reduced since 2013, it is concerning that data for 2019/2020 shows the highest level of tyre defects for HGV’s inspected at roadside and operator’s premises during the last seven years. Many of these defects should have been identified and repaired via a comprehensive daily walk-round check.
“Companies need to consider their operator’s licence as one of their most valuable assets, but unfortunately, the procedures and paperwork involved in keeping on top of things are often overlooked.”
VARTAN’s operator compliance service can be tailored to meet individual clients’ needs and includes an initial gap analysis, a thorough review of operational processes and procedures, business consultancy to optimise bottom-line performance, fixed price operator licence applications, tachograph analysis and virtual transport office support.
Peter adds: “If you think of operator compliance as ‘prevention is better than cure’, the benefits are self-evident, and most importantly it enables company directors to concentrate on looking after the safety and welfare of their employees whilst operating profitably.”
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