Novadata helps Tamdown to gain DVSA Earned Recognition status
Novadata has assisted Tamdown, market-leading provider of infrastructure, groundworks and reinforced concrete frame services for residential, commercial and public sector developments, to achieve DVSA Earned Recognition scheme status. Following preparatory work completed across 18 months with Novadata, Tamdown passed the Earned Recognition audit with flying colours.
Mark Cain, Tamdown’s Plant & Procurement Director, commented, “Achieving Earned Recognition status is the result of work we began a couple of years ago, when we became aware of available process improvements to serve us better operationally. With that in mind, we called in Novadata, who had already provided our tachograph analysis for many years, so we could draw on their vast experience. They helped us to review and then strengthen all our transport systems and processes, so we were in great shape for the Earned Recognition audit.”
Novadata’s experts provided an initial independent transport audit which highlighted some areas which could be enhanced. Tamdown then embarked on a review of their transport operation, ensuring the most robust processes and systems were in place. A second independent transport audit over a year later helped to confirm the improvements achieved. At every stage, Novadata was available to guide and advise the Tamdown team as they worked towards meeting the standards required for Earned Recognition status.
During the 18-month preparation period, Mark Cain gained his Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (Manager CPC) and he and Transport Manager Lee Bellotti also completed their ADR training with Novadata, each gaining their ADR qualifications. Driver Mark Willoughby also completed his periodic Driver CPC training with Novadata.
Su Winch, Managing Director of Novadata said, “Tamdown took an exceptionally joined up approach to their compliance as they worked towards Earned Recognition. They took positive, decisive steps to ensure that they had all the relevant training, systems and processes in place. So, for the official DVSA Earned Recognition audit, they had demonstrably robust systems, well trained key personnel and were thoroughly compliant, fulfilling all their O Licence undertakings and applying best practice throughout their transport operation. Theirs is definitely an example for others to follow.”
Tamdown adheres strictly to best practice and is now working towards attaining the add-on HS2 module, which is rapidly becoming a pre-requisite for major infrastructure projects throughout the UK. They continue to work closely with Novadata.
Mark Cain continued, “It has been refreshing to work with a transport consultant not solely focused on their fee. Every time we’ve had a question or a matter to tackle, Novadata have gone out of their way to assist and problem-solve for us.
“Gaining Earned Recognition status has brought huge immediate and potential benefits for us. By sailing through the intense audit process, we’ve more than adequately demonstrated our commitment to compliance and best practice. This not only stands us in good stead should anything unforeseen happen while our drivers are on the road, it is also helping to further our plans for future expansion and progress. An added advantage is emerging in our recruitment process, as our drivers know that we fulfil all our legal responsibilities. They can rest assured that we aren’t going to ask them to compromise in observing any aspect of transport legislation or put themselves in a legally vulnerable position. We are clearly perceived as a conscientious employer, as well as an exemplary O Licence holder.”
Novadata has a long track record of offering expert transport services, including transport audits to assist Operator Licence holders to identify areas of compliance which can be enhanced and put robust systems in place. As one of the first auditors for the DVSA Earned Recognition scheme to be recognised in the UK, they are well-placed to offer assistance for those who wish to gain and maintain membership of the DVSA Earned Recognition scheme.
Image shows: (In cab) Mark Willoughby, Tamdown, (L to R) Derek Broomfield, Novadata, Su Winch, Novadata, Mark Cain, Tamdown, Lee Bellotti, Tamdown
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Date : 29-10-2021