Phil Breen


Phil Breen has worked for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) for over eighteen years, working in both Testing and Enforcement departments. Having been a Traffic Examiner for several years, he brought this knowledge forward into heading up bus compliance for DVSA and now looking after the Earned Recognition scheme. The DVSA Earned Recognition is the flagship Enforcement scheme for DVSA, which enables the agency to free up resource so they can target the serially and seriously non-compliant. This helps us all stay safe on our roads, as well as offering both costs savings to members & giving commercial advantages. The Earned Recognition audit standards, sets a blueprint for what compliance looks like for an operator or business, ensure safe vehicles operators and drivers operate within our towns & cities. This ensures the safest environments for our communities. These audit standards sit alongside commercial modules for contracts relating to TfL, HS2, LPT2, Concrete operations and the Guild of British Coach Operators to name but a few.  

Phil’s role within Earned Recognition is to develop the scheme and engage with the ER members. Also, Phil engages with industry to understand the development and take up of new technologies, that are in line with the ER ethos of safety & compliance. As well as informing industry about the Road to Earned Recognition programme, aimed at new operators and helping them get it right from day one. 

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The DVSA Earned Recognition scheme & Road to Earned Recognition programme

The DVSA Earned Recognition scheme and Road to Earned Recognition programme. Helping operators to maintain and demonstrate they meet the highest of driver and vehicle safety standards. This builds a relationship with DVSA, giving operators access to various growing benefits, freeing up DVSA resource to target the serious and serially non-complaint. Using an ER operator within your contracts, means the communities they serve benefit from having safe & compliant vehicles delivery goods and providing services within them. This helps to keep Britian moving safely and sustainably.