2017 will bring increased fleet use of ‘big data’, including CPC and tacho data, to enhance compliance and road safety, according to the Association For Driving Licence Verification (ADLV).
Early this year, CPC and tacho data will become available alongside standard driving licence data, and 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 our 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.”
The ADLV also notes that the best practice frequency for compliance in licence checking by fleets has already increased to twice a year, on average, and many larger fleets are now carrying out quarterly checks. Under the recently issued FORS Standard (Version 4.0) twice-yearly checks are now the minimum requirement.
Richard Brown, MD of ADLV member 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.
The ADLV added that it will work with road safety experts over the course of this year to identify how ‘Knowing Your Driver Better’ can boost road safety.
ADLV director and secretary Dave Bartleman said: “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.”