The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has awarded the first Earned Recognition HS2 module standard to UK tool and equipment hire provider Speedy.
The module is open to all Earned Recognition operators and allows them to bid for HS2-related contracts.
HS2 Limited has approved the module as meeting their safety and security requirements for heavy vehicles on their construction sites.
DVSA has developed the new module with support from trade associations such as Logistics UK and Road Haulage Association.
Green transport and equipment to be supplied
Speedy has invested in new equipment, from Solar Powered Lighting Towers to Cordless Technology, and created bespoke logistics processes to support the HS2 project through consolidated deliveries, which will enable the company to keep traffic and carbon impact to a minimum across the local communities and we commit to continuing to evolve and invest in this in achieving these high standards..
In addition to this, Speedy has ensured that each of the over 45 vehicle fleet that will deliver to HS2 has a Euro 6 engine as a minimum requirement and will include its fleet of electric vehicles including its brand new electric taxi-van, the first of their type in the world, that will operate in the London, Oxford and Birmingham areas of the line.
DVSA’s Director of Enforcement Marian Kitson said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.
“The HS2 module will open opportunities for Earned Recognition operators who have chosen to join a scheme that has continuous monitoring to prove their high standards of compliance.
“Being able to bid for contracts such as HS2 will not only benefit the operator and contractor, but also help boost road safety by ensuring safe vehicles and drivers involved are of the highest standard.”
“Being the first business to be awarded the Earned Recognition HS2 module standard is something the Speedy Transport team are very proud to have achieved.”Gareth Jones, Transport Compliance Manager, Speedy
Speedy’s Transport Compliance Manager Gareth Jones said: “This accreditation represents a significant milestone for our business and demonstrates our commitment to transport compliance across our fleet of vehicles through continuous monitoring from DVSA to prove the high standards of compliance are maintained at all times.
“We operate with safety, sustainability at the heart of everything we do, and deliver innovation whilst supporting the logistics for our HS2 contracts.
“Being the first business to be awarded the Earned Recognition HS2 module standard is something the Speedy Transport team are very proud to have achieved.”
Speedy’s Chief Operating Officer Dan Evans said: ““HS2 is the largest and most complex piece of infrastructure to be built in Europe. This demonstrates our commitment to safety, sustainability and delivering innovation across our logistics for HS2.
“Our capability to provide a fast and reliable service at scale, coupled with our collaborative approach to working with contractors and government bodies, will play a key role in ensuring the right equipment is always available for the HS2 project.”
DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme is a way for vehicle operators to prove their organisation meets driver and vehicle standards and has a proven culture of compliance.
There are currently 80 Earned Recognition operators. Speedy was awarded the HS2 standard on 18 August 2020.
Earned Recognition is voluntary
Earned Recognition is voluntary, and members must share monthly information with DVSA about their achievement of robust performance indicators on things such as compliance with drivers’ hours and vehicle maintenance.
Earned Recognition operators will require an audit on the additional requirements for the HS2 module before it can be added to their ER operator status.
New Earned Recognition applicants can apply for the module as part of their application, but they must meet the full requirements of the scheme first to be able to gain module status.
HS2 Ltd has set out the standards required for contractors to operate heavy vehicles on their construction sites. These are:
- additional vehicle safety equipment requirements
- HS2 site rules
- additional driver training requirements
- vehicle emissions and clean air
- health and safety
- incidents on the road.
Founded in 1977, Speedy is a UK provider of tools, equipment and plant hire services to a wide range of customers in the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets, as well as to local trade and industry.
The group operates from over 200 fixed sites across the UK and Ireland together with a number of on-site facilities at client locations, from an international office based in Abu Dhabi and through a joint venture in Kazakhstan.