Have you ever wondered how Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) officials choose which vehicle to stop?
They use the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system to help decide which vehicles should be stopped at the roadside and have recently announced some changes to the system.
These include introducing a right for operators to view test histories and roadside check reports for their commercial vehicles and to check their OCRS.
The OCRS system has been devised to calculates the risk score of an operator not following the rules on roadworthiness (the condition of its vehicles) and traffic - for example, drivers’ hours. Those operators that have a higher OCRS score are more likely have their vehicles stopped and inspected.
A recent addition to the system is the “combined score”. This combines roadworthiness and traffic scores and will appear in an operator’s OCRS reports. This will now be used by vehicle and traffic examiners to determine which vehicles to stop and inspect. This more focused approach allows the enforcement agencies to concentrate roadside targeting on operators who have the highest risk scores.
Another major change is that the “straight to red” trigger, which puts operators in the red band following a prosecution or a “most serious infringement (MSI)”, has been removed.
Operators will continue to receive OCRS points for the most serious offences and prosecutions but they will not automatically be placed into the red band when this happens.
Moving forward verbal warnings during a roadside check will not affect the operator’s OCRS score, and the DVSA has lowered the points given for prosecution cases and band 5 offences (such as failing to record data on a tachograph) from 500 to 300.
If you wish to know more about the OCRS system, please go to www.gov.uk.