Improving Vehicle Off-Road Times with the DVSA and Pets at Home

March 2024


Webinar Introduction and VOR stats

Pets at Home usage examples and Vantage Point demo - Liam Wilson

DVSA Earned Recognition - Phil Breen

Q&A Session

Q&A Follow up

(These questions weren’t answered in the webinar as the information wasn’t to hand)

1. If your Operator licence requirement is a 6 weeks maintenance but you do have a VOR or you do have to do the inspection
sooner (let’s say 5 weeks from the last one)  what is the legal requirements for that vehicle to stay compliant ?

If your Vehicle is VOR you don’t have to do the PMI, but as soon as the vehicle is roadworthy it has to have an inspection,  then you have to reschedule the inspections for every 6 weeks, if the vehicle comes back into service 2 weeks prior to the PMI date they carry out an inspection and then carry out another PMI inspection at the correct time so they don’t have to change the planned inspection dates. there is no Legal requirements that I know just what is aggreged with the time licence is granted


2. Can you confirm the requirements for load security on XL trailers. If a load is full fit with pallets in excess off 400kgs per pallet what would be required to secure the load sufficiently. Eg Full load but more than 300mm from back doors. And same question if pallets less than 400kgs.

In essence, the weight of the pallet is irrelevant when considering single stacked loads that are carried using ‘positive fit’ in an XL rated body.  

Positive fit is a way of securing a load inside a trailer or vehicle body that is strong enough to withstand the forces likely to be exerted on it during the journey, for example a vehicle or trailer that is constructed to the BS EN 12642 XL standard. To achieve positive fit it is the load that is considered and not the pallet upon which it sits.

For effective positive fit, the load should be against or within 30 cm of the headboard, within 30 cm of the rear doors, and within 8 cm of either side curtain. Cumulative gaps between individual elements of the load should not exceed 30cm. Any gaps arising can be filled using packing material, dunnage, empty pallets, or timbers.

If positive fit is achieved in a certified XL rated body, no further load restraint is required to secure a single stacked load; if positive fit is not achieved, then the load should be restrained as you would any other.

It is technically possible to carry stacked palletised loads without any additional securing in an XL body if positive fit is achieved. However, best practice dictates that stacked loads should be secured using an appropriate method to mitigate the risks of a pallet falling onto someone when the trailer is opened; operators/consignors must have systems in place to ensure that any risks highlighted during the loading and unloading process have been fully considered before the vehicle is used on the highway.   


Important links for DVSA Earned Recognition

DVSA earned recognition: vehicle operator standards – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

DVSA earned recognition: join the scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

DVSA earned recognition: guide to the scheme – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Get help if you’re a new vehicle operator – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Vantage Point – Visual Business Intelligence

In the webinar you heard Liam Wilson talk about our Vantage Point module and how it helps Pets at Home keep track of there VOR data and use it to make improvements to their fleet operation. Our Vantage Point module also has an Earned recognition dashboard to let you measure your progress against KPIs.

To find out more about Vantage Point, click here or contact your Account Manager.