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Fleet compliance journey starts with driver licence checking, says expert

Held on Thursday 5 May at the De Vere Harben, Newport Pagnell, the event included a talk from Malcolm Maycock, managing director of the Licence Bureau and chairman of the Association for Driving Licence Verification, who said fleets should adopt the Health and Safety Executive guidance of “plan, do, check and act” in respect of driver licence checking.

He added there could be no let-up in the licence checking process, explaining: “It is continuous and not just at the point at which a person is employed.”

Maycock continued: “Most drivers do not realise their eyesight deteriorates as they age so fleets should make sure they have the right assessments in place.”

Legislation says that employees’ driving licences should be validated “regularly” and Maycock says that should be interpreted as six monthly as “an absolute minimum” but more frequently for drivers that already have a number of points.

He said: “Fleets should have knowledge of their drivers and the categories of vehicles they are entitled to drive. Human error causes 95% of crashes, not vehicle failure.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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