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 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

Forthcoming Awareness Course

NEW:  We are pleased to announce that two further DTAS Awareness Courses have been scheduled for SJ Bargh, The Shires, Stoke on Trent on February 12th and Gregory Distribution, North Tawton, Devon on March 11th 2020.

A further course will be arranged in Northern Ireland, subject to sufficient interest.

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 either course, or to contact the course facilitator Paul Charlton, please phone 07742 410742 or email paul.charlton@casolutions.org.uk

Last updated 12/12/2019

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