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Do you know how to keep your OCRS (Operator Compliance Risk Score) in the green

First of all – Do you know your current OCRS?

If you don’t then the first thing you need to do is register online by visiting the DVSA Online Report Services . You will need your O licence number to complete the registration form and then the DVSA will send a confirmation letter in the post with instructions to complete your registration. The whole thing should take 5 working days and once you are into the system you can access OCRS reports back to the 28th of September 2012.

What effects your Operator Compliance Risk Score?

The OCRS is based on historical data held by the DVSA. This data is separated into two categories, roadworthiness and traffic enforcement.

Roadworthiness as you would imagine is concerned with the condition of the vehicle and the trailer. There are two key areas that contribute to the roadworthiness score and these are:

  1. Vehicle Tests – These only include the first tests and the annual tests (Re-tests, abandoned tests, trailer tests and voluntary tests are not included).
  2. Vehicle Encounters – These include vehicle and fleet inspections carried out at the roadside, DVSA centres or your premises.

Traffic Enforcement is mainly concerned with the drivers conduct and will include tachograph checks to look for tachograph offences and driver hours infringements as well as weighing checks looking for safe loading and overloading offences.

Each defect or encounter is logged and allocated points depending on how serious it is considered to be. To get more information on how points are allocated be sure to download the DVSA Guide to OCRS for operators by clicking here.


10 offences that will send your OCRS straight to RED

  1. Transporting dangerous goods without identifying them on the vehicle as dangerous
  2. Driving with another person’s driver card
  3. Driving with a false driver card
  4. Falsifying data downloaded from the driver card or vehicle unit
  5. Falsifying record sheets of the tachograph unit
  6. Using a device able to modify the records of the recording equipment
  7. Not having a speed limited required by community law
  8. Using a devices to modify the speed limiter
  9. Exceeding maximum weekly or fortnightly driving time limits by 25% or more
  10. Exceeding the the maximum daily driving time limits by 50% or more during a daily working period


Remember if one of your drivers commits an offence, it affects your OCRS and therefore your business. Regular monitoring and training is the only way to control the number of offences your drivers commit.


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