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OCRS changes: what’s the latest?

  • 11 June 2012
  • By Justin Stanton

With news that VOSA has delayed the introduction of changes to the current Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) system and is now seeking the views of the industry before arranging a new date for its introduction, Karen Crispe, Tachodisc Managing Director, reviews here the changes being proposed.

OCRS was first introduced in 2006 by VOSA as a way of assigning goods and passenger vehicle operators a rating to identify which vehicles are most likely to be non-compliant. In its current form, it is used at the roadside to flag operators as having a green, amber or red status, with those that are red least likely to be compliant and those that are green most likely. 

Following a root-and-branch review of the system, VOSA is now proposing changes in which the score is calculated in order to create a more robust, more flexible and accurate system.

Some of the key changes being proposed are:

Predictive scoring
Predictive scores will be replaced with no score – a ‘grey fleet’ marking. This will show that VOSA has no data with which to rate that operator’s risk of non-compliance.

Available data
VOSA will be moving from a rolling two-year dataset that calculates the OCRS from the end of the previous month to a rolling three-year dataset, starting from May 2009 (tbc as a result of the delay), which will calculate the OCRS from the end of the previous week.

Points system
To help operators understand the points system more clearly, VOSA is changing the point allocation for traffic offences to the same system as for mechanical defects – graduated based on the severity of the offence.  So, rather than different points for each defect or offence, they will be moving to a set number of points based upon the seriousness of the defect or offence.
Rather than allocating a score when VOSA sends the paperwork to a court to issue a summons, points for a prosecution will in future only be added in the instance of a conviction.

These changes were due to be introduced on 30th April 2012, but during testing, difficulties occurred in integrating the changes with the existing system.  VOSA have stated that the problem is not related to the existing scoring system.

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