The latest release of Descartes’ SmartLicence online driving licence management and verification solution has been enhanced to accommodate Driver CPC and Digital Tachograph card validation.
In September 2009, the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) came into effect in the United Kingdom. It is a qualification for professional bus, coach and HGV drivers that was introduced with the aim of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving.
Under the legislation, drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years to keep their Driver CPC. Fines of up to £1,000 can be administered for driving professionally without it. Driver CPC is also enforced throughout the European Union: if the driver is driving in another EU country, they must hold a valid Driver CPC, unless they have an exemption.
The latest release of Descartes’ SmartLicence providers transport operators the ability to automatically validate their drivers’ CPC certificates, ensure that they have undertaken all required Driver CPC training, and that they hold a valid driving licence and Digital Tachograph card.
SmartLicence conducts checks in accordance with the risk profile of a driver, with higher risk drivers receiving more frequent checks. Any changes to the licence – such as new points – are highlighted in reports and can be configured as a SmartAlert (automated email alert), making it significantly easier for fleet managers to spot issues that need their attention and take appropriate action. All details are checked against the DVLA database and data is handled in accordance with ISO 27001, the international standard for information security management. Managing compliance in this way with electronic data makes sense, saving time and money and minimising the potential for human errors.
Posted on: 01.06.2017