More compliance pressures for UK business fleets
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Being able to track and manage your fleet can be tricky for any business, but sooner there will be added pressure to your management.
At the last 2017 Fleet Management Live event, discussions centered on increasing compliance tests from the DVSA (Driver & Vehicles Standards Agency). This is because both road-checks and on-site visits are happening more regularly, suggesting this watchdog is placing extra scrutiny on British drivers.
As more and more fleets face surprise inspections, organisations must use the tools at their disposal to ensure they meet DVSA standards. We take a look at this issue:
Why is this happening?
On the surface, nothing much has changed –trucks, cars, vans and motorcycles are still prevalent on the road, sometimes in colossal numbers at any one time. So why are compliance tests on the rise?
Put simply, the DVSA wants to gain a better understanding of UK fleets and promote adherence to the latest industry standards. They are pushing for organisations to improve their record keeping, utilising technology to move on from paper or spreadsheet reliance.
Measuring costs, vehicle locations, delivery times and more against best practices ensures that every vehicle road-worthy and that drivers are vigilant and secured from harm. These guidelines can trim down overheads, too, benefiting fleet managers who take them seriously.
Extra vigilance from the DVSA could be a response to the fact that poor practices are less excusable than they used to be. With the influx of digital tools available to fleet managers, maintaining accurate records on your vehicles is easier than ever.
More inspections encourages a shakeup across the industry. The message seems to be that fleet managers don’t need to worry, providing they’ve follow best practices and taken the appropriate steps towards sound fleet management control.
Preparing for your own scrutiny
To make sure you’re not caught out by the DVSA, it’s imperative to have a trail of digital evidence detailing vehicle movements, driver behaviour and how vehicles have been maintained and serviced for complaint road use.
We can help you transition to possessing full, informed fleet data for businesses of any size. Our fuel cards can be handed to your drivers – they’ll record what has been spent on petrol or diesel and store it as a list of separate transactions, ready for review. You can set limits on a certain drivers too, letting you be stringent with fuel consumption.
Our wider range of services include the ServicePoint feature, which grants a discount to over 9,000 repair centres in the UK. Book visits, view service history and gain a detailed breakdown of the vehicle’s repair costs that have to be paid. There’s even an Eco Point Scheme to try, granting carbon credits for future journeys.
As compliancy bears down harder on fleets across Great Britain, it’s good to know that the right changes are easy to adopt, making sure you are ready for your inspections when they occur. Talk to our advisory team for more information on compliancy trends in the UK.