The Permits to Drive feature is to be added to the firm’s Compliance Managed Services (CMS) portal along with a forthcoming FTA Tachograph solution following the Show.
The Permits to Drive tool will allow fleets to add the required driving documents for each company driver to the portal, with a Permit to Drive issued when the driver meets the necessary criteria for the vehicles they operate, ensuring they remain fully compliant and legal.
For those not granted a Permit to Drive, the driver will be notified and advised on what steps they must take, to drive on company business. A driver’s Permit is regularly monitored to ensure its status hasn’t changed.
Drivers using their own vehicle on business would need a full driving licence, valid insurance and MOT certificate, and proof of Vehicle Excise Duty being paid on the vehicle. For HGV drivers or those employees operating specialist equipment, a CPC, HGV Class 2 and O-Licence will be required.
Fleet managers are able to fully manage Permits to Drive through the CMS dashboard, allowing them to view which employees have consented to being audited and of those drivers, who does and does not hold the necessary Permit.
As the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) approved licence checking partner, Licence Bureau’s CMS portal will also launch a Tachograph feature soon after the CV Show, allowing fleets to analyse the working hours of drivers operating vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.
“Permits to Drive is an additional layer of compliance to help fleets ensure they fulfil Duty of Care responsibilities to all drivers,” commented Malcolm Maycock (pictured), managing director of Licence Bureau. “We are looking forward to demonstrating Permits to Drive, and our comprehensive compliance package as a whole, to the commercial vehicle world in April,” he added.