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Fleet of Foot to Paperless

20 November 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

The Association for Driving Licence Verification ADLV has stated there has been a surge in online commercial checking from vocational fleets following the abolition of the paper driving licence counterpart this July.

Despite a slight reduction in the growth rate of checking immediately prior to the change, the rate of increase for the months of July and August over the prior year, were 38% and 37.3% respectively. The ADLV forecasts that the total number of checks carried out by members this year will now exceed 2 million.

It believes that the scale of the increase in the rate of growth is also a reflection of its campaign to encourage electronic checking as a fundamental best practice for fleet management. Additionally, the numbers also reflect the association’s recent ‘road safety’ campaign.

Fleet managers have been urged to increase the frequency of checks from annual to quarterly in order to identify high-risk drivers, e.g. those with mobile phone convictions. One ADLV member reports that since the organisation’s launch, the average number of checks per driver per annum is up nearly 30% from 1.1 checks to 1.4 checks per driver.

In response to the figures, the ADLV is planning to introduce other ‘know your driver’ options, within its checking system which will ensure higher standards for ‘entitlement to drive’ checking.

“Finally, following the abolition of the counterpart, the message has got through that electronic checking is now a best practice for those fleet managers that are keen to comply with the highest standards,” commented Malcolm Maycock, Chair, ADLV. “In addition as increased checking means that high risk drivers are spotted more quickly, there is a realisation that embracing electronic checking more fully contributes significantly to road safety.”

Mr Maycock believed that with electronic checking facilitating the ever more extensive use of big data, organisations would be keen to gain a far greater degree of knowledge about exactly who is entitled to be behind the wheel of their vehicles. “The ADLV will meet this demand with a number of announcements over the coming months,”? he concluded.

Picture: Malcolm Maycock, ADLV – “electronic checking is now a best practice for those fleet managers that are keen to comply with the highest standards”

Article written by Robin Snow | Published 20 November 2015


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