Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS)

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How your score can change

Because your Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS) is calculated over a 3-year rolling period, it can change after inspections, tests or prosecutions against you.

DVSA calls these ‘events’. Your score could change if you:

  • commit a new offence
  • have a defect recorded against you at inspection
  • receive an ‘unsatisfactory’ result from a desk-based or fleet assessment

If you pass an inspection without any issues, this will be recorded as a ‘clear event’ and can have a positive impact on your score.

If you’re prosecuted by DVSA you’ll get points from the date of prosecution, not the date of the offence. If you are not prosecuted, you’ll get points from the date of the offence.

The OCRS process runs every morning. This means new events and vehicles are included in your report daily.

The lower your OCRS is, the better.

Old encounters

Your score also changes as old encounters that previously counted towards your score no longer count once they’re not in the OCRS calculation period.

If you had clear encounters included in your score and these are now outside the calculation period, this might mean your score goes up. But if you had negative encounters included and these no longer count, your score might go down.

Year weightings

The impact of an offence or defect decreases over the 3-year time period.

For the first 12 months after the offence or defect, its score stays the same. After 12 months it falls by a quarter and then it’s halved in the final 12 months.

Other changes

There are different factors that affect your OCRS. These include:

  • points for offences and defects
  • points for prosecutions
  • time weightings
  • band thresholds (these determine whether you’re in the red, amber, green or blue band)

DVSA sets these and can change them at any time.