Dairy Transport Assurance Scheme

Dairy UK

Welcome to the DTAS website

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 56 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 in the UK.

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

Alongside the Red Tractor Assurance Dairy Scheme for on farm production, and the British Retail Consortium standards for food processing, the DTAS scheme completes the proposition behind the Red Tractor Logo of farm to fork assurance of 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 leafelt giving an overview of the scheme.

News and Announcements

Forthcoming Awareness Courses

DTAS is pleased to announce that two further DTAS Awareness courses have been arranged for Wednesday, 4th April, Wincanton Logistics, Aldermeads depot, Wincanton and Tuesday, 12th June at SJ Bargh, Lancaster. 

A further course is being planned to be held in Northern Ireland and we will announce the date and venue in due course.

The DTAS Awarenss 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.

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

To contact the course facilitator Paul Charlton, please phone 07742 410742 or email pcharlton.cas@btinternet.com.

Last updated 08/03/2018

Presentations from DTAS Annual Conference 2017

The 2017 DTAS Annual Conference was held on Wednesday, 27th April 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 17/05/2017

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) iis 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 16/04/2015