Operator Compliance Risk Scores (OCRS)
July 25, 2013
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How many members are aware of, and regularly check, their OCRS score? I suspect that it is a fairly small proportion, but VOSA tells us that it uses the OCRS system to target its enforcement activities. This means that you are more likely to get vehicles pulled up at roadside checks if your score is red or amber. It is, therefore, all the more important that you find out what your score is and do all you can to improve it if required.
Operators should also bear in mind the fact that a low score could well result in your firm being called before the Traffic Commissioner at a Public Inquiry. Such action takes place regularly, as the pages of the trade press demonstrate every week. Sadly there are few occasions when there are no reports of disciplinary action being taken against an operator whose systems have failed. Having said that, arrangements to ensure compliance are not difficult, as long as you are fully aware of the undertakings that were made when your Operator’s Licence was applied for. These undertakings are the basis of your systems and procedures and are very straightforward. For example: everyone who applies for an O’ Licence undertakes to ensure that vehicles and trailers are not overloaded. That is a simple statement and is clear and concise, leaving you no excuse for an overloading offence and opening you up to the prospect of a Public Inquiry if a vehicle is found to be overloaded – although admittedly one overload is unlikely to prompt a PI.
With all this in mind, the RHA is running a Compliance Conference on Wednesday, 18th September at the University of Warwick. The conference is aimed at all managers, directors and company owners who have direct responsibility for compliance of both regulatory (O licence) and HR (employment) matters and will be of benefit to operators of all sizes. This is the first of what is hoped to become an annual event, dealing with compliance best practice. The conference itself will be delivered by professionals in their given area of expertise. We are also pleased to announce that the Senior Traffic Commissioner Mrs Beverly Bell will be speaking at the event. Also included within the event is a presentation on the use of robust policies with regards to drugs and alcohol within the work place and why and how random testing is conducted. It is hoped that by the end of the event attendees will have a better understanding and be in a better position to help in the running of a compliant operation.
We are now taking bookings for the event, and many members have already expressed an interest. I hope that you will come along and explore the various issues that need to be addressed when seeking to ensure that you operate a fully compliant business.
National Compliance Seminar 18 September 2013