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Wider access to driver information improving compliance, says ADLV

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The ADLV (Association For Driving Licence Verification) says that in 2017, fleets will use richer, bigger data more frequently. 

The best practice frequency for compliance in licence checking by fleets has recently increased to twice a year, on average.  Under the recently issued FORS Standard (Version 4.0) twice yearly checks are now the minimum requirement. However, many larger fleets are now carrying out quarterly checks.

Richard Brown MD of Licence Check said: “Not that long ago, many organisations were limited to annual checks. However, as the technology is now there to carry out more frequent checks with ease, fleet managers are building this into their compliance plans on a quarterly basis.  This ensures that the data that fleets are now working with is almost constantly updated and therefore of a much higher quality. "

Early this year, CPC and Tacho data will become available alongside standard driving licence data. The ADLV is already working on a number of additional data sets to combine with driving licence and Tacho data.

Kevin Curtis, technical director of the ADLV said: “Having driving licence data in a readily accessible format the different types of data that can be combined are potentially endless. When combined with out clients’ own data too, one can see some quite targeted data analysis, be this regional or in respect of the particular competencies of drivers required. The value of this integrated data will grow exponentially.” 

ADLV Chairman Malcolm Maycock added: “There is so much data, growing so rapidly, that we are now looking at ‘Data Lakes’ more than Data Warehouses. Often, we won’t know what’s in there unless we conduct professional business analytics to find out. Driving licence data is one of essential elements here in terms of setting the parameters for risk profiling and management for all businesses that allow employees to drive on their behalf.  

"It’s also the obvious starting point to begin to profile the driver pool with a view to encouraging better driving styles and habits.  According to recent research by Direct Line, this could cut annual fuel bills by 40%, as well as reducing wear and tear on vehicles and driving down accident rates.   With the wider acceptance of black box or mobile-based telematics solutions and the spread of “connected” vehicles into the fleet and grey fleet parcs, we shall see a far greater emphasis on fleet business intelligence and driver data analysis. The information identified will drive fleet decision making as well as wider corporate and government policies on taxation, transport and the environment.  It will also create a far richer more innovative data environment for fleet managers.” 

Over the course of the 2017 ADLV management will be looking to work with a number of road safety organisations to identify how ‘Knowing Your Driver Better’ can boost road safety.

ADLV director and secretary Dave Bartleman added: “There are collaborative opportunities here to see how the data we and others generate can feed in to the road safety dynamic. We expect to announce a new research project later in the year involving the ADLV, safety experts and leading fleet executives.” 

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