Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme

Dairy UK

Welcome to the DTAS website

IMPORTANT UPDATE:   In light of the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, DTAS had previously taken the decision to suspend all physical audits (with effect from March 19th). The DTAS Management Committee has now issued additional guidance that (with effect from May 12th) a temporary, three-calendar-month extension will be added to the current expiry dates of all certificates and that, to retain their accreditation and protect the integrity of the scheme, each member should carry out an additional self-assessment (including sub-depots), using an annotated version of the Scheme Standards, no later than four weeks in advance of their revised expiry date, and submit it to the Scheme Administrator for review. 

When the current restrictions have been lifted, a physical audit will be carried out for each depot.

The scheme will continue to operate and members are required to comply with all DTAS Standards at all times.

The Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme provides assurance to milk purchasers that the transport of raw milk and milk fractions meets food safety requirements, recognised industry good practice and specific customer needs.

The scheme is based on annual inspections of the milk haulage depots operated by scheme members. The assessment is conducted against 63 standards covering haulage operations, vehicle hygiene, site and statutory requirements, HACCP, personnel and training, subcontractors and contingency procedures.  

The scheme is administered by Dairy UK and is overseen by a Management Committee drawn from major milk purchasers and hauliers in the UK.

Membership of the scheme covers an estimated 95% of milk haulage capacity in the UK.

Alongside the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme for Dairy Farms, and the BRC Global Standard for food processing, the DTAS scheme completes the proposition behind the Red Tractor Logo of farm to pack assurance of the dairy supply chain, including dairy production, processing and distribution.

As from 1 April 2015, it has been a requirement that all dairy products carrying the Red Tractor logo have to use milk that has been hauled by a DTAS approved haulier.

Please click here to view/download our leaflet giving an overview of the scheme.

News and Announcements

Temporary Relaxation of the Enforcement of Drivers's Hours Rules

Following a review on April 5th, the Department of Transport has confirmed the continuation of the Temporary Relaxation of the Enforcement of the EU and GB Drivers’ Hours Rules for the road haulage sector until 21 April 2020.  It has also included a further minor relaxation of the EU drivers' hours rules to allow drivers to use the ferry/train derogation when on a reduced daily rest of 9 hours.

In response to unprecedented pressures on local and national supply chains, the Department for Transport has pursuant to Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006, introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales. It has also introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of GB drivers’ hours rules in England, Scotland and Wales.

These two temporary relaxations apply from 00:01 on Monday 23 March 2020 and will run until 23:59 on Tuesday 21 April 2020. The further relaxation "f" will apply from 00.01 on Wednesday 8 April and will run until 23.59 on Tuesday 21 April 2020. 

Relaxation of EU drivers’ hours rules

The EU drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:

a) Replacement of the EU daily driving limit of 9 hours with one of 11 hours

b) Reduction of the daily rest requirements from 11 to 9 hours

c) Lifting the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly driving limits (90 hours) to 60 and 96 hours respectively

d) Postponement of the requirement to start a weekly rest period after six-24 hours periods, for after seven 24 hours period; although two regular weekly rest periods or a regular and a reduced weekly rest period will still be required within a fortnight

e) The requirements for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4.5 hours driving replaced with replaced with a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours of driving

f) Drivers using the relaxation at "b", reducing their daily rest from 11 hours to 9, can still use the derogation allowing them to interrupt their daily rest, by up to one hour, to embark and disembark from a train or a ferry 

Drivers must not use relaxation ‘a’ and ‘d’ at the same time. This is to ensure drivers are able to get adequate rest.

Relaxation of GB drivers’ hours rules

The GB drivers’ hours rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows:

a) Replacement of the GB duty time limit of 11 hours with 12 hours

b) Replacement of the GB daily driving time limit of 10 hours with 11 hours

Drivers can only take advantage of this temporary relaxation 5 days in any 7 day period, and must take a rest period of 24 hours within the same 7 day period when taking advantage of this relaxation.

Full information can be seen at:


Additonal guidance can be seen at:



Last updated 08/04/2020

Forthcoming Awareness Course

Three further DTAS Awareness Courses have been scheduled, to be held on Tuesday, 8th September at Dale Farm, Pennybridge, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, 23rd September at TP Niven, Lockerbie and Tuesday, 29th September, also at TP Niven, Lockerbie (all subject to Coronavirus restrictions).

Further courses will be arranged at other venues (including in the South West) once Coronavirus restrictions permit.

The DTAS Awareness Courses are for people who wish to gain a good and effective understanding of the DTAS Standards, but do not (necessarily) wish to become assessors.

Further details are available here or on the Calendar page of this website

To reserve your place(s) on any of these courses, or to contact the course facilitator Paul Charlton, please phone 07742 410742 or email paul.charlton@casolutions.org.uk

Last updated 12/05/2020

Presentations from DTAS Annual Conference 2019

The 2019 DTAS Annual Conference was held on Wednesday, 1st May at the Volvo Centre, Wedgnock Lane, Warwick CV34 5YA,

If you are a DTAS member, and would to receive copies of any of the presentations that were given on the day, please contact Ian Wakeling on 0207 025 0545 or email iwakeling@dairyuk.org 

Last updated 08/05/2019

DTAS Scheme HACCP 2017/18

The revised scheme HACCP for the 2017/18 year has been added to the scheme documents page.

Last updated 12/06/2017

Dairy UK Guidance on Safe Systems for Working at Height on Milk Tankers published

A new document, entitled Dairy UK Guidance on Safe Systems for Working at Height on Milk Tankers (which has been prepared by a DTAS working group) is now available on the Scheme Dcouments page.

The document stresses that the best way to ensure safety is to avoid working at height in the first place but, when there is no alternative in order to complete the task, then advice is given on the procedures that should be followed so that you can prevent falls and conduct the task in a safe and practical way to minimise the risk of injury.

Last updated 26/04/2018