Counterpart abolition - Driving Monitor release series of quick ‘how to’ video guides on the changes
With the UK driving licence counterpart being abolished from today, UK fleet managers have been asking questions as to what will happen with the DVLA services from this date forward. Driving Monitor has polled its customers to find out what key questions are being raised the most and have found the following top 5 questions:
1. Will I be able to check the employees’ licences using the new DVLA system as we have more than a handful of driver?
2. Does the DVLA system give me any management reports as to the status of my drivers across the business, or is this a one time view of a single driver?
3. If this is a free service, how much will it cost my admin staff to operate?
4. Does the DVLA service provide alerts or notifications as to points offences on licences?
5. Do I need to consider any data protection issues for checking employee licences or can I use the new ‘View Driving Licence’ as an employer on behalf of the driver?
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging the new government to increase its efforts in promoting road safety by giving targeted enforcement a higher priority.
With the yet-to-be-revealed figures for 2014 shaping up to show an increase in deaths and injuries on UK roads, the IAM believe the new government must make road traffic policing a core priority function for police forces and commissioners in England and Wales.
The call comes following a survey conducted by the IAM throughout April 2015, in which 2,703 people took part. Despite years of government cutbacks and police budgets continuing to be stretched, over 45% of respondents voted for an increase in the number of police officers in marked vehicles to enforce traffic laws.
Recognising the need for van driver qualifications – the FTA has launched the Van Excellence Certificate of Driver Competence.
The project has been created in conjunction with the FTA Van Excellence scheme to meet the demand from operators who want to demonstrate how professional their drivers are, and how seriously they take their responsibilities in the work that they do.
For operators, the scheme will provide validation to the role of a van driver as well as demonstrating, encouraging and creating a route for employee development.
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has set-up an advice page for car hire customers concerned about the abolition of the paper counterpart to the driving licence and what it means for their rental.
The webpage, available at www.bvrla.co.uk/counterpart also provides links to further information and contact details for the DVLA and vehicle rental operators.
Talking about the Government’s abolition of the driving licence paper counterpart from 8 June, BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney, said: “Replacing paper forms with digital services is a great idea, but the government has gone about this the wrong way by rushing the process and not giving enough warning to motorists.
“The online system being offered by the DVLA is far from ideal and the car rental industry is working with it as best it can. We are confident that our members will keep their GB licence holder customers up-to-date with any new procedures, which should minimise any disruption for travellers. Customers can take extra precautions by ensuring that their rental company has access to their endorsement information – available via the DVLA’s Share Driving Licence service or its call centre.”
From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points.
Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.
New load security guidance has been published by the DVSA to help vehicle operators transport loads securely. The guidance details your responsibilities, the consequences of not securing your load correctly and how DVSA enforces the rules.
It also gives practical advice about loading on different types of vehicles and carrying different types of loads. During 2013/14, DVSA issued over 2,000 prohibitions to vehicles that presented a road safety risk because of how their load was secured. Effective load security prevents goods from falling onto roads and saves time and money by making sure that goods arrive at their destination undamaged.
To view the guidance go to www.gov.uk/government/publications/load-securing-vehicle-operator-guidance/load-securing-vehicle-operator-guidance#general-responsibilities