Guidance on using the Operator Compliance Risk Score System (OCRS)

If you’re a vehicle operator, your drivers might be stopped at the roadside by the DVSA for vehicle inspections and they will use the OCRS system to deice which vehicles should be inspected. DVSA uses the OCRS to calculate the risk of an operator not keeping their vehicles safe to drive or whether any safety rules have been broken, for example, such as drivers’ hours.

You are more likely to have your vehicles inspected if your OCRS score is high. To check your score, read your OCRS Report here.

Key points to know about how OCRS works:

  • It is worked out for each operator license, not individual vehicles.
  • When an offence is recognised, points are added to your OCRS score.
  • If the DVSA records an event where no points are allocated, your score is reduced.
  • Events that happened more than 3 years ago will be removed from your OCRS, meaning the overall score will change, depending on whether the events were positive or negative.

You will not have an OCRS if you have a new license or have not interacted with DVSA in the last 3 years, you also would not have an OCRS if you only operate vehicles exempt from operator licensing.

What can affect your score?

Your score will be affected by any issues found by the DVSA during roadside checks, MOT results, remote enforcement checks or site visits from DVSA.

If your vehicle is stopped at the roadside, DVSA will check whether your vehicle is safe to drive and whether the driver is following drivers‘ hours rules. If the examiner finds any issues and gives you a prohibition, this will affect your score. Any prohibitions issued to a trailer during roadside checks are allocated to the vehicle pulling the trailer and will affect your OCRS.

DVSA can ask for a copy of your vehicle maintenance and drivers’ hours records to carry out enforcement checks remotely. If upon review they find it to be unsatisfactory, your score can increase.

To read the full report and check scoring bands: