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Fraikin impressed with earned recognition scheme

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As the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) earned recognition scheme approaches its first anniversary, vehicle rental specialist Fraikin has praised the benefits it has delivered for customers.

The company, as a founder member, and the only full-service contract hire, rental and fleet management company involved in the scheme, has provided a consultative and advisory service to help customer fleets secure and maintain earned recognition status. According to the company this has opened up benefits, including increased vehicle uptime and a reduction in DVSA roadside stoppages.

Fraikin’s status means it is both a vehicle operator and IT systems supplier. David Archer, Head of Risk and Data at Fraikin, said: “From the outset the DVSA’s goal was to increase transparency, all while driving the industry into the digital age.

“Everything we are doing as a business is about enhancing the customer experience; we’re being very clear with operators that earned recognition is a first step towards digitising the industry, and it’s a future they can be part of right now. We’ve been showcasing the benefits to our customers for the past 12 months and are encouraging as many as we can to get involved.”

Earned recognition provides operators with a digital record of both driver and vehicle compliance, which is instantly accessible to the DVSA. Vehicles on earned recognition are not required to be stopped for roadside checks, dramatically cutting downtime and improving efficiency.

According to Fraikin, 3.85 per cent of iits vehicles on earned recognition were stopped in 2018, as opposed to the national roadside stoppage rate of 60.4 per cent. The digital reporting structure at the heart of earned recognition also creates a range of other benefits and fleet efficiencies, including saving fleets up to 17.2 per cent in time across the year against traditional reporting processes.

Fraikin said it will continue to work alongside the DVSA to steer the future of the scheme and influence factors like measurement calculation, monitoring methods and industry governance. This affects areas such as leasing, rental and maintenance, which covers a vast range of its UK customer base.