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Licence Check launches new driver compliance app

Licence Check has launched a driver compliance app for its award-winning Driver and Vehicle Information Solution, DAVIS, with a number of unique features including ‘quick check’ scanning technology – a claimed industry-first and the fastest and most convenient way to check a driving licence.

The new app will be available to download for all users of DAVIS, Licence Check’s highly acclaimed cloud solution that helps manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance for both company vehicles and the grey fleet, using their existing user credentials.

The app features new ‘quick check’ driver licence scanning technology which Licence Check, the UK’s fastest growing provider of fleet licence checking and compliance services, says is an industry first and which promotes a modern, flexible approach to driver fleet management.

Users of the app can scan a photocard driving licence with their smart phone camera and utilising state-of-the-art scanning technology to upload critical driving licence data, instantly create a driver record.

From the record created, DAVIS then sends a pin code to the driver’s mobile phone, with summary information that the driver must verify to complete the process and permit a check to be instantly carried out against the DVLA database, with the results being fed back in real-time into DAVIS.

Licence Check says this is the fastest way available of checking whether a driving licence is valid and the driver qualified to carry out their permitted driving duties. At the same time, not only does it reduce the number of steps involved but it also keeps manual data entry to a minimum.

The app also provides users with real-time and flexible access to driver and vehicle summary dashboards containing all relevant and up-to-date licence and risk information for each driver and vehicle, which is ideal for users that work between locations, travel frequently or work outside office hours.

It includes an advanced “quick search” function which is ideal for fleet managers or other users who want to quickly check the risk profile of a driver or vehicle. Keying in ‘high risk’ or ‘disqualified licence’ into the app allows them to see whether the driver or vehicle in question falls into either high risk category.

The app also features enhanced in-app calling and messaging functionality which removes the need to store driver phone numbers in a mobile phone. Users can simply tap ‘call driver’ and be connected instantly.

Terry Hiles, General Manager at Licence Check, now part of the Ebbon-Dacs Group, said: “Our new DAVIS app offers an innovative and extremely quick way to check drivers’ licences by using a smart phone camera to scan a physical driving licence and gain the all important driver permission via pin code authorisation.

“It allows drivers’ licences to be quickly checked anytime, anywhere both inside and outside office hours and within an office environment or remotely.

“The DAVIS app also enables system users to access vital information dashboards remotely and view real-time driver and vehicle risk information without needing to be logged into DAVIS at their desks, which we believe promotes a modern, on-the-move and flexible approach to fleet management.”

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About Licence Check

Derby-based Licence Check, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, won the ‘Safety Award’ at the 2018 Business Car Awards and, more recently, the ‘Innovation of Risk Management Award’ for its DAVIS solution at the British Fleet Awards.
Established in 2008 by Richard Brown, it is one of the UK’s leading licence checking businesses, carrying out hundreds of thousands of online driver licence checks per annum and is the UK’s fastest growing licence checking business.
The company works with both private and public sector customers, including end user fleets, vehicle leasing and rental suppliers, transport and logistics companies and coach and bus operators, to name but a few, providing real-time driving licence checking solutions and driver compliance.
The company is also a founding member of the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV), the trade body for driving licence checking operators.
More recently, the company’s range of customer services has been expanded under the Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, a cloud solution to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance for both company vehicles and the grey fleet.
DAVIS is a cloud software solution for driver and vehicle compliance management that automates and streamlines essential processes and ensures duty of care is addressed. DAVIS has been specifically designed to allow customers to add, or remove, different modules on a ‘mix and match’ basis. The solution focuses on four main operational/functional areas including the driver of the vehicle; the vehicle itself; business information in the form of policies and guidelines; and services relating to the driver and the vehicle
DAVIS provides a number of key solutions. These include:
Licence Check – real time online checking service which verifies and validates driving licences
Grey Fleet Management – compliance solution for grey fleet drivers and vehicles
Driver Risk Assessor – online assessment identifying ‘at risk’ drivers
CDR – scans driving licences (GB, EU and international) and ID1 identity cards uploading data and checking authenticity
Licence Check was acquired by Ebbon-Dacs in November 2018. Terry Hiles and all key staff have remained with the business, which will continue to be based in Derby.

About Ebbon-Dacs

Ebbon-Dacs is well established as a provider of hosted, web-based technology solutions to the automotive contract hire and leasing community. For almost 20 years, the company has focused on connecting and automating the fleet community with an increasing range of platforms.
Its main online solutions include the market-leading e-procurement platform, Leaselink, and the vehicle delivery system, moDel, both of which are used extensively throughout the UK and increasingly in Europe.

Contact information:

Licence Check
Katy Holding
Marketing Manager
Licence Check
Tel: 0330 660 7101
Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

Licence Check and Airmax announce data integration agreement to improve driver safety

Licence Check, the UK’s fastest growing provider of fleet licence checking and compliance services, and telematics service provider, Airmax Remote, have announced a data integration partnership agreement which will provide enhanced driver behaviour information based on telematics feedback to help improve driver safety.

Licence Check customers will be able to receive enhanced driver information through the award-winning Driver and Vehicle Information Solution, DAVIS, its highly acclaimed cloud solution that helps manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance for both company vehicles and the grey fleet.

This new agreement will see Licence Check integrate driver behaviour information data gained through telematics into the DAVIS platform to enhance the award-winning driver risk profiling service that is available within the solution.

At the same time, Airmax will become a Licence Check reseller using the Davis Application Programming Interface (API) which allows applications to communicate with one another.

Airmax Remote Managing Director, Richard Perham, said “We are delighted to be working with Licence Check to enhance both of our core telematics platforms with integrated complementary datasets. 

“This builds on our existing long-term, preferred telematics partner relationship with Ebbon-Dacs, the owner of Licence Check, and is an exciting opportunity for both companies to add value to their services.”

Terry Hiles, General Manager at Licence Check, now part of the Ebbon-Dacs Group, said: “We are very pleased to see Airmax becoming a Licence Check reseller and look forward to offering our customers enhanced driver behaviour information to support their efforts to improve work place driver safety. 

“The integration we are developing with Airmax within DAVIS will be suitably agnostic so that all customers that use telematics will have the option of receiving the enhanced information regardless of their telematics provider.”

Last October, DAVIS functionality was improved with the launch of Fleet File, which provided users with a database for managing their fleet vehicles, including company cars and pool vehicles.

At the same time, a new accident recording feature allowed Fleet File users to document accidents against a specific vehicle and a named driver to provide greater insight into the most at-risk drivers as part of an ongoing risk management process. 

This allowed the award-winning Driver Risk Score feature within DAVIS to be reconfigured to calculate the associated risk of a particular accident so that a driver’s individual risk score was automatically updated.

The new data agreement is being seen as the opportunity to provide additional data and information to the driver safety features that Licence Check is able to offer users through DAVIS. 

Most recently, Licence Check has introduced new ways of ‘onboarding’ drivers into DAVIS, allowing firms to carry out checks of drivers more quickly so that any issues with their licences can be instantly identified.

 

Contact information:

Airmax Remote

Tel: 0333 358 3488 

Email: Salesteam@airmaxremote.com 

Licence Check

Katy Holding

Marketing Manager 

Licence Check 

Tel: 0330 660 7101

Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

Licence Check reveals record results in July

Licence Check, the UK’s fastest growing provider of fleet licence checking and compliance services, has revealed it achieved record results in July in terms of the number of licence checks carried out of company drivers.

The Derby-based company, now part of the Ebbon-Dacs group, has seen a 58% year-on-year increase in licence checks carried out in July 2019 versus July 2018, with a 9% increase over the previous record breaking month in May this year.

The company’s cloud-based Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, has received outstanding reviews from system users for its efficiency, clarity and ease of use. Of 149 reviews carried out via the Trustpilot website, 97% of users rated the system either ‘excellent’ or ‘great’ resulting in a 5 star ranking, with a score of 9.5 out of 10

Licence Check has also seen growth in the number of companies using DAVIS, which automates and streamlines driver and vehicle compliance management and addresses duty of care.

This year has seen the signing of contracts with a number of major corporates, including public transport operator, Abellio London, and parcel delivery network, DPDgroup, who are now using DAVIS to automate their driver compliance.

Growth has also come through an active network of channel partners that the company now works with, who resell Licence Check services either as a complete solution or by deploying specific modules from DAVIS in order to enhance their offering to customers.

Licence Check general manager Terry Hiles said the record results were testimony to the hard work the company had been carrying out in the last 12-18 months.

“We are delighted with these results as they are vindication of the effort that everyone at the company has put in, as well as being confirmation of the enhancements we have made to DAVIS in recent months and of the benefits they bring.

“We have seen an increase in the number of major corporate customers we are working with, who fully realise the importance of legal compliance and meeting their duty of care obligations to both their drivers and to the public at large. “And we are working with a number of network partners which has meant an increased number of licence checks as a result.

“There are three levels of partner programmes available. DAVIS can be incorporated into a partner’s own portfolio through an API integration, or as a “white labelled” service,  depending on how much time they wish to dedicate to the partnership and what level of development resource they have access to,” he added.

Earlier this year, Licence Check announced a series of new releases, timed to coincide with the Commercial Vehicle Show in April, to bring important new functionality to DAVIS, including accident recording, enhanced licence checking and improved security.

Since introducing new onboarding methods, adding drivers and more importantly, gaining driver permission, is simple, fast and efficient. With four methods now to choose from, DAVIS continues to streamline processes, reducing the number of steps and minimising manual intervention.

Ebbon-Dacs director Craig Gibbin added: “These outstanding and record results are a major achievement and a real reflection of the hard work and effort put in by the team at Derby. It’s also clear that the important new releases for DAVIS earlier in the year are having a positive impact on improving efficiency and transparency when managing driver and vehicle compliance. “

 

Contact information:

Katy Holding

Marketing Manager

Licence Check

Tel: 01330 660 7107

Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

 

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TCH Leasing streamlines vehicle deliveries thanks to moDel

TCH Leasing has been able to streamline its vehicle delivery and collection routine since switching to moDel, Ebbon-Dacs’ market-leading leading electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution.

Sheffield-based TCH Leasing, which supplies and manages a fleet of around 8,000 vehicles on behalf of corporate customers and is part of the TCH Group, delivers around 2,500 new cars and vans a year to fleet customers around the country.

Since switching to Ebbon-Dacs’ moDel solution, which last year had a record year handling over 280,000 vehicle movements, TCH Leasing has seen a number of efficiencies and improvements.

The company delivers multi-marque vehicles through a network of some 40-50 preferred suppliers around the UK to provide national coverage to fleet customers.

Problems have arisen in the past through delays and inaccuracies in delivery notes and vehicle condition reports which, without satisfactory evidence, were time-consuming and problematic to resolve.

But since switching to moDel, the company has seen huge improvements in accuracy, with irrefutable evidence of vehicle condition at the time of delivery for the new vehicle and of any vehicle being returned, thanks to the ability of moDel to take readily downloadable photographs of all vehicles being delivered and collected.

TCH Leasing has a clear policy of only charging for vehicle damage where it is necessary and in line with the BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear policy. Using moDel helps in determining any end-of-contract damage charges with customers are fair and reasonable as the vehicle condition is captured clearly in photographic form, so that disputes over vehicle condition have been dramatically reduced.

TCH Leasing employs moDel-VM, the standalone version of moDel, which was originally designed to allow companies which were not users of Ebbon-Dacs’ Leaselink e-procurement platform to automatically capture and upload all electronic vehicle delivery and collection information directly into their back office.

Jane Ibbotson, Business Processing Manager at TCH Leasing, said there had been several benefits from introducing the model-VM system.

“The problem of missing paperwork has disappeared and we can now pay our preferred suppliers faster as we can download the information we need directly from the system rather than waiting for delivery notes to reach us.

“Our disposals department now has clear photographic evidence of the condition of vehicles coming back to us which helps them. And if we do get a call from a driver saying they have just noticed some damage on the vehicle several days after it was delivered, we can refer to that part of the photograph to confirm that there was no damage at the time of delivery.

“It is a much more modern, fully automated and efficient delivery and collection system and the results come straight into our back office, backed up by great support from Ebbon-Dacs and very detailed management information reports,” she said.

Michael Terry, Head of Commercial – moDel at Ebbon-Dacs, said: “We are delighted by the improvement in vehicle delivery and collection efficiencies that TCH Leasing has witnessed since switching to moDel-VM.”

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CPC deadline looms for heavy and light goods vehicle drivers, says Licence Check

Companies that operate heavy and light goods vehicles that are ‘in-scope’, including hauliers, logistics and transportation providers, are being reminded that the deadline for their professional drivers to complete their mandatory training and renew their CPC licences is fast approaching.

The reminder comes from Derby-based Licence Check, the UK’s fastest growing provider of fleet licence checking and compliance services, which says that operators need to ensure their professional drivers have completed their necessary training in good time.

The current training period ends in just eight weeks on 9th September 2019. By this date, drivers must have completed 35 hours training – a mandatory qualification period every five years – to be issued with a new Driver Qualification Card (DQC) to prove they are CPC-qualified.

If the training is not carried out by this date, the CPC will no longer be valid and these drivers will not be legally permitted to drive an HGV or LGV professionally from that date.

The training renewal is applicable to those drivers whose usual activity of professional driving is ‘in-scope’ and covered by the legislation. Those drivers that hold a vocational entitlement, but don’t actually drive are not in-scope. Similarly, those vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods or used for carrying personal goods are also out of scope.

The Driver CPC was introduced in 2009 for lorry drivers, and a year earlier for bus and coach drivers, as part of a Europe-wide initiative with the aim of improving road safety and maintaining high standards of driving.

The September 2019 deadline is the second for lorry drivers since the scheme was first introduced, with the first being September 2014 when the DVLA reported that 664,000 drivers had completed their professional training by the deadline from a maximum estimated pool of 675,000 drivers.

In the last 15 months since March 2018, more than 360,000 drivers have successfully renewed their Driver CPC, according to the latest figures from the DVSA.

A fine of up to £1,000 for driving professionally without a valid CPC can be levied on both the driver and their employer.

To help in the task of checking that drivers have renewed their professional licences, Licence Check has developed an automatic re-check feature within its existing cloud-based Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS so that companies can automatically carry out a licence check of their drivers when the certificate expires.

This markedly reduces the amount of administration required in checking that professional drivers have renewed their Driver CPC as it takes away all manual tasks associated with carrying our driver checks.

If any drivers have not renewed their CPC by the five year anniversary of acquiring the certificate, the system automatically flags up on the DAVIS dashboard that urgent action is required. It is also sends an email to the system administrator reminding them that action needs to be taken.

The re-check is mainly aimed at drivers who driver professionally for a living but could apply equally to fleet and transport managers who occasionally need to move heavy goods vehicles, say from one depot to another, for business purposes and require a driver CPC qualification to do so.

Terry Hiles, general manager at Licence Check, part of the Ebbon-Dacs group, explained: “All professional drivers, including HGV/LGV and PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicles) drivers who are in-scope, need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years on an ongoing basis to keep driving for a living.
“As the deadline for the next period of CPC training approaches in September, there is set to be an influx of professional drivers whose existing CPC cards are due to expire and must complete their mandatory training by this date.

“All new drivers who obtained their HGV/LGV licence after 10 September 2009 or PCV drivers who obtained their licence after 10 September 2008, are required to complete the training and carry a DQC card when in vehicle.

“If these drivers are actively driving for your business, a re-check should be carried out the moment the card expires to ensure a new CPC card has been issued and the driver continues to be permitted to drive professionally.

“By activating the automatic re-check of a CPC card in DAVIS, a check will be carried out the moment the card expires, ensuring the driver is still eligible to drive as well as updating the driver record to the new date. So, taking a few minutes now to alter the settings in DAVIS will save companies a lot of time and effort later.”

The automatic re-check is just one of many user-friendly functions within DAVIS which are designed to make users’ working lives easier.

The latest new feature, Onsite, which was introduced in recent weeks, allows users to ‘onboard’ drivers to the DAVIS system more quickly so that they can, in turn, carry out licence checks more rapidly and any issues with their licences be quickly identified.

Terry Hiles added: “Our sole raison d’être with DAVIS is to make our users’ operating livers simpler and more straightforward. That’s why we have built in so many features aimed at making the licence checking process faster and more efficient.

“Compliance is an extremely important issue and companies need to make sure they tick all the legal boxes they are required to. The automatic re-check for Driver CPC is just one example.”

Terry Hiles, general manager at Licence Check

Contact information:

Katy Holding
Marketing Manager
Licence Check
Tel: 01330 660 7107
Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

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Licence Check introduces new quick and efficient method to onboard drivers

Derby-based Licence Check has increased the number of options available within its Driver and Vehicle Information Solution, DAVIS, to collect driver details so that personal information can be collected and verified more quickly and efficiently.

Speed and efficiency of checking is becoming increasingly important because of the widespread use of agency drivers across the UK, particularly by delivery firms, many of whom may never have had their licences checked in the past.

At the same time, a 50% rise in the last four years in the number of drivers in the UK who have had their licences revoked has emphasised the need for companies to be increasingly diligent and ensure driving licences are checked regularly.

Now, Licence Check, the UK’s fastest growing provider of fleet licence checking and compliance services, has introduced new ways of ‘onboarding’ drivers into DAVIS, allowing firms to carry out checks of drivers more quickly so that any issues with their licences can be instantly identified.

Traditionally one of the most daunting challenges to any company introducing a driving licence compliance system is securing the necessary permission from the driver pool. The same challenge arises where a company would like to replace their incumbent supplier.

In each case, any existing permissions cease to be effective and must be replaced with a brand-new approval that specifically names the new service provider. The additional workload has acted as a deterrent to companies who may be unhappy with their current provider taking their business to one who might better meet their current needs.

Although DAVIS doesn’t remove the need to secure new driver mandates, it does provide organisations with different options that help to mitigate the unwelcome additional workload.

The newest method, which Licence Check has introduced in recent weeks, is its On-Site workflow which enables clients to add drivers to DAVIS face-to-face a single location, such as a depot or transport hub.

Once they are presented with the driver’s driving licence, the manager or supervisor can add the drivers’ name, personal details and mobile phone number to DAVIS.

The user then performs a visual inspection of the photocard, checking the driver against the photo on the licence to confirm likeness. The manager can also check the card for obvious evidence of tampering or forgery by inspecting holograms and raised characters.

Once they are satisfied and confirm this, DAVIS then switches focus to the driver to manage the granting of permission. In order to ensure that the driver is actively engaging with the process at this stage, DAVIS sends a validation code to the driver’s mobile phone that the driver must enter in order to complete the process.

The final screen contains the formal processing statement and summary information that the driver must check to complete the process and permit a check to be instantly carried out against the DVLA database and the results reported back to DAVIS.

There are several other options available to DAVIS users. Currently, Licence Check’s most popular and regularly used method of adding drivers to the system is its e-approval process, which requires little intervention from the user other than adding the driver’s name and email address into the DAVIS system.

The system then takes over management of the process, emailing drivers directly until permission for a check to be carried out is gained by a digital driver declaration. The service also auto-reminds drivers until the declaration is complete, so that fleet managers do not have to get more involved than absolutely necessary. Some 54% of licence checks are currently carried out by Licence Check using this method.

The next most popular method is still the paper mandate, which accounts for 46% of all licence checks that Licence Check carries out. This works well for drivers who do not have an email address. Instead they sign a paper mandate that authorises Licence Check to check their licence on a regular and ongoing basis – again with minimal company involvement.

Licence Check also employs a card data reader (CDR) which scans physical driving licences, capturing the data and managing permission in a single process. The system also includes an extra security authentication by checking for counterfeit cards.

At the same time, for organisations who wish to switch providers, Licence Check offers an additional service free of charge for those businesses with 25 or more drivers, under which it uploads all drivers in bulk using data exported from the existing provider, with DAVIS then initiating process for collecting driver permission, either by e-approval or paper mandate, which will last for three years unless terminated earlier.

Terry Hiles, general manager at Licence Check, now part of online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, said: “Growing numbers of agency drivers and rising numbers of revoked licences have combined to make rapid and regular licence checking an essential part of any compliance regime.

“That’s without taking into account the numbers of ‘regular’ company licence checks that need to be carried out to ensure compliance. At the same time, companies that hitherto have refrained or have been put off from switching suppliers, can now do so with complete confidence, minimal effort and very little extra administrative input,” he said.

Contact information:

Katy Holding
Marketing Manager
Licence Check
Tel: 01330 660 7107
Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

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Mike Gunnell
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‘Alarming’ rise in number of drivers having their licences revoked, says record-breaking Licence Check

New figures released by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) show an ‘alarming’ rise in the number of drivers in the UK who are having their licences revoked, increasing the need for companies to be increasingly diligent and ensure driving licences are checked regularly.

That’s the view from Derby-based Licence Check, now part of online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, and now officially the UK’s fastest growing provider of fleet licence checking and compliance services. New figures from the DVLA have revealed that the company carried out a record number of licence checks in 2018, with the numbers rising steadily throughout the year and the fourth quarter of the year finishing 52% higher than the first in terms of licences checked.

To analyse the number of licences being revoked annually, Licence Check applied to the DVLA under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The resultant figures confirmed that in the last four years there has been a 50.0% increase in the number of drivers who had their licence revoked under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995.

In 2015 the figure was just 7,944, but by the end of last year it had risen to 11,953, with an 8% increase between 2017 and 2018, further reinforcing the need for regular licence checks.
The freedom of information figures also revealed that the number of car and motorcycle drivers who had had their driving entitlement revoked or refused for medical reasons was 61,482, an increase of 4% over 2017, and up 29% when compared with 2015.

At the same time, the number of lorry or bus drivers who had also had their driving entitlement revoked or refused for medical reasons had increased from 11,213 in 2017 to 12,242 in 2018, a rise of 9.2%.

Meanwhile, the number of drivers with 12 or more penalty points on their licences is also on the increase. In July last year, there were 10,978 drivers with 12 or more penalty points recorded on their current driver record. By the end of March this year, that figure had risen to 11,150, a 1.6% rise in less than six months.

Terry Hiles, General Manager at Licence Check, said: “Firstly, we are delighted with the increase in the numbers of licences we are checking annually, which have now reached record levels.

“However, putting that achievement to one side, employers should be increasingly concerned by the growing number of drivers having their licences revoked and the increase in the numbers amassing more than the 12 point maximum over the last four years.

“Companies need to be increasingly on their guard to ensure that they are not employing drivers who have had their licence revoked in the last year or have exceeded the 12 point disqualification ceiling. The continuing upward trend in both cases requires a robust and focussed process to identify and properly manage work related road risks.

“We have already seen that there are a growing number of drivers in the UK who may be driving on foreign licences under reciprocal arrangements with the UK authorities, and these new statistics underline the need for companies to remain vigilant at all times.”

Hiles said companies needed to ensure that licence checks are carried out frequently and automated where possible to avoid any missed checks. Frequency of checks will depend on a variety of factors.

Licence Check’s main cloud-based Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, has been designed specifically to tackle exactly these issues and to provide companies with the necessary information about their drivers.

Within DAVIS is the award-winning Driver Risk Score feature which analyses all company drivers, profiling them as low, medium or high risk using results of a licence check, along with other factors.

Recently DAVIS has additional functionality within its Fleet File module that includes a new accident recording feature which will allow users to document accidents against a specific fleet vehicle and link the incident to a specific named driver, thus providing greater insight into the most at-risk drivers as forming part of an ongoing risk management process.

The new accident management function, which was unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show recently records date, time and location of the accident and provides enhanced dashboard reporting to include recent accidents and accident severity.

At the same time, this can be used to contribute to the risk scoring software algorithm so that a driver’s individual risk score is automatically updated.

“These latest figures confirm that licence checking and risk assessment are an essential part of any company’s armoury under various pieces of duty of care legislation. Regular checks, with the frequency dependent on the risk profile of the drivers concerned, are of fundamental importance to a company’s security and wellbeing,” added Terry Hiles.

Contact information:

Katy Holding
Marketing Manager
Licence Check
Tel: 01330 660 7107
Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

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Mike Gunnell
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Ebbon-Dacs adds new geo-comms feature to fast-growing moDel solution

Ebbon-Dacs has added new features to its electronic vehicle delivery and collection solution, moDel, including a geo-communications module to provide tracking of vehicles in transit.

The new geo-comms functionality has been created in response to customer demand so that system users, both sender and recipient, can now track the location of the vehicle while en route using GPS technology, providing greater transparency and more accurate delivery times for both parties.

Michael Terry, Head of Commercial – moDel, said:”It seemed vaguely absurd to us that the delivery of inexpensive items from online suppliers, like Amazon, can be easily tracked so that customers are kept in constant touch regarding their whereabouts in the delivery process.

“But this type of functionality simply wasn’t available for the most expensive single item we buy, namely a new car. This new geo-comms feature addresses this issue and provides GPS location information to both sender and recipient, either via the moDel-VM portal or by a secure link contained in an email.”

Ebbon-Dacs is piloting the new geo-comms feature, which can be customised and branded with the sender’s corporate identity, before making it widely available to all users.

The moDel system is continually evolving and developing as new upgrades are added. The last 12 months have seen five new releases which have brought improvements and efficiencies in key areas of vehicle logistics, delivery and collection.

The latest features have just been made available in the latest 1.14 release, and include the addition of a quotation routine within the billing module for logistics companies and other users of the stand-alone moDel VM solution. This allows them to quote for a new vehicle movement and store it electronically in anticipation of it turning into a confirmed order.

The new release also allows users to see and retrieve all images taken via moDel during the collection and delivery process through the moDel-VM portal and more easily download them for scrutiny.

The moDel solution hit record levels in 2018, handling 282,135 vehicle movements, up 71% on 2017. Fastest growth came from the stand-alone moDel-VM system, which is used largely by logistics and other vehicle transportation specialists and saw 177,818 vehicle movements last year – a year-on-year increase of 211%.

This was despite a near 7% fall in the total number of new vehicles delivered in the UK in 2018 which, due largely to the impact of the new WLTP testing regime and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, adding to an ongoing decline in consumer and business confidence.

“We believe these latest features and the new functionality that we have added will make the system better still. We look forward to working with our customers on continued new capabilities to broaden the usefulness and value to the wide spectrum of businesses that move vehicles.” said Michael Terry.

Michael Terry, Head of Commercial-moDel

Contact information:

Robert Pilkington
Director
Ebbon-Dacs
Tel: 01865 329300
Mob: 07989 858248
Email: robert.pilkington@ebbon-dacs.com

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Licence Check supports ACFO call for better grey fleet management

Fleet driver licence and compliance specialist, Licence Check, is backing a call by fleet operators’ association, ACFO, for enhanced grey fleet management services due to a rising number of grey fleet drivers.

ACFO recently held a webinar for its members entitled ‘Not so Grey: Managing Opt Out and Private Vehicles’ which is now available for members on its website.
The rising trend of employees opting for cash in lieu of a company car, due to a perceived rising tax burden, makes grey fleet management ever-more critical, says ACFO.

There are around 14 million-plus privately owned vehicles driven on work-related journeys, compared to around 940,000 company cars on the UK’s roads, according to HMRC, with a rising trend of employees opting for cash in lieu of a company car.

One of the key messages from the webinar was that who owns the car is largely irrelevant as the duty of care to manage occupational road risk is the same.

Simon Turner, campaigns director of RoadSafe, which delivers the Driving for Better Business campaign, said in the webinar: “Grey fleet will probably form a vital part of most companies’ future mobility solutions when integrated with other travel and communication options. But it needs to be effectively managed if it is to be successful. Employers must ensure they have well thought-out policies and processes in place and stick to them.”

And, he outlined a number of key areas of focus, including that driver licence checks were essential and that driver policies should be shared with grey fleet drivers, just as they would be with company car drivers.

At the same time, similar driver profiling, assessment and training regimes should be in place for both grey fleet and company car drivers; grey fleet vehicle checks should be undertaken including the status of servicing, MoT and Vehicle Excise Duty; and business insurance should be in place.

“We completely agree with ACFO’s position on the critical need for more effective grey fleet management,” said Richard Brown, director of sales at Licence Check, the UK’s fastest growing provider of licence checking services and now part of online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs.

Despite the clearly growing numbers, many companies still fail to recognise that they have a legal obligation to ensure grey fleet vehicles are safe to use, fit for purpose and lawfully on the road, and that the company is culpable in the event of accidents that occur in such vehicles, said Brown.

Previous research by Licence Check has shown that after speeding, some of the most common endorsements on the licences of grey fleet drivers were for construction and use offences, such as bald tyres, defective brakes or carrying an unsafe load, and insurance offences, typically vehicles uninsured against third party risks.

It was partly for this reason that Licence Check developed and launched its award-winning, cloud-based Driver and Vehicle Information Solution product, DAVIS, to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance including grey fleet management services.

The grey fleet solution within DAVIS manages the compliance around employee-owned vehicles, checking vehicle credentials, such as road tax and MOT, and enabling the easy upload and storage of key documents such as motor insurance policies, as well as checking for the correct level of business use cover.

For organisations looking to implement additional rules for grey fleet drivers, vehicles can be automatically approved or rejected dependent on a variety of factors such as age of vehicle and CO2 emissions, thus increasing grey fleet control.

“Businesses often incorrectly assume that, because the vehicle is owned by the driver and not the company, they are exempt from any responsibility.

“But employers put themselves at risk of claims by third parties if employees are driving on company business and are involved in an accident, without having proper business insurance cover. Equally, there is a risk that employees who are driving vehicles that are not roadworthy could cause harm to others, which could lead to the employer being prosecuted and heavily fined if they do not have a robust grey fleet policy in place,” said Richard Brown.

Brown said it was important not to forget grey fleet drivers in any corporate risk assessment and that the proper number and depth of licence checks needed to be carried out.

“Grey fleet drivers should be checked as regularly as if they were company drivers, including confirmation that they have the correct business class insurance and that they are eligible to drive the type of vehicle they are driving,” he added.

Contact information:

Katy Holding
Marketing Manager
Licence Check
Tel: 01330 660 7107
Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell
MGMedia Services
Tel: 01832 275060
Mob: 07786 971 544
Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com

Licence Check warns of duty of care dangers of untested foreign drivers

Companies are being warned that drivers they employ may not be familiar with UK driving laws after new figures revealed that foreign drivers can swap their driving licences for UK equivalents without having to pass a driving test in this country.

Derby-based Licence Check said companies need to be aware that this reciprocal arrangement could leave them exposed under duty of care regulations, after figures obtained under freedom of information law show that rising numbers of foreign motorists are using a legal loophole to get a British licence without taking a driving test in the UK. The number of non-British drivers trading in their licence for a UK one has risen by 79% cent in a decade.

Last year more than 150,000 drivers who took their test outside Britain obtained a UK licence under an exchange deal operated by the government. Britain has a reciprocal deal with more than 50 countries which allows drivers to take driving tests in their own countries and then swap their licence for a UK one when they become British residents.

However, some foreign motorists may have passed their driving licence tests in just six days in their country of origin, raising alarms over their ability to drive safely on UK’s roads.

The highest number of driving licence exchanges has been made by those with Romanian licences, followed by Poland, Italy and Bulgaria. However, all of these countries drive on the right, rather than on the left as we do in the UK, and often under very different driving conditions which do not mirror the increasingly congested roads we experience in this country.

The news comes at a time of a shortage of professional drivers in this country, with the Freight Transport Association recently warning about the combined impact of an ageing professional HGV driver workforce and a lack of new entrants coming through – which could leave the door open for more foreign drivers.

Richard Brown, director of sales at Licence Check, now part of online solutions provider, Ebbon-Dacs, and the UK’s fastest growing provider of fleet licence checking and compliance services, said: “This reciprocal arrangement could leave companies very exposed under duty of care regulations, as they owe a duty of care not just to their employees, including all company drivers, but to the wider public at large who they might come into contact with.

“We are seeing growing numbers of foreign delivery and service drivers in this country. You only have to think of parcel delivery firms to appreciate the growing numbers of foreign drivers on our roads.

“If a foreign driver working for a UK company was to cause an accident on our roads due to a lack of knowledge of our driving conditions, that could have major ramifications for the employer and could ultimately lead to prosecution.”

Brown said companies needed to carry out risk assessment of its drivers to identify those most at risk while driving for business, and if those that fell into this category included foreign-trained drivers then appropriate measures needed to be put in place.

“This could include remedial measures such as a supervised assessment and driver training,” he said.

Licence Check’s main cloud-based Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, has been designed specifically to automate and streamline driver and vehicle compliance management and address duty of care.

Within DAVIS is the award-winning Driver Risk Assessor feature which can be employed to assess all company drivers, using a mix of video, interactive and multiple-choice questions to better understand the driver’s psychology. It measures all road-risk areas, creating an occupational road risk profile for each driver that scores their personal risk factor.

This allows users to not only assess all drivers but to identify those that would present the highest risk to the business’s operations, allowing management to consider taking appropriate action to reduce that risk.

And from this month, DAVIS has additional functionality within its Fleet File module that includes a new accident recording feature which will allow users to document accidents against a specific fleet vehicle and a named driver, providing greater insight into the most at-risk drivers as part of an ongoing risk management process.

The new accident management function, which will be unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show later this month, records date, time and location of the accident and provides enhanced dashboard reporting to include recent accidents and accident severity.

It also issues reminders for open accidents and outstanding issues, as well as providing an upload facility for images of vehicle damage. It also carries insurance claim details and has the ability to assign accidents to a named driver.

At the same time, this has been reconfigured to calculate the associated risk of a particular accident so that a driver’s individual risk score is automatically updated.

“By recording accidents and assigning them to individual drivers in our new accident management functionality, companies’ view of driver risk is further enhanced, providing greater insight into those drivers at most risk. This becomes of even greater significance in the light of these latest figures,” added Richard Brown.

Contact information:

Katy Holding
Marketing Manager
Licence Check
Tel: 01330 660 7107
Email: katy@licencecheck.co.uk

Press enquiries:

Mike Gunnell
MGMedia Services
Tel: 01832 275060
Mob: 07786 971 544
Email: mike@mgmediaservices.com