ADLV 2017 Predictions Show Fleets Achieving More With Richer Bigger Data

The ADLV’s (Association For Driving Licence Verification’s) 2017 predictions show fleets using richer, bigger data more frequently. They will be using it to drive areas from compliance through to road safety.  Amongst the main predictions are:


Increased Regularity of Electronic Checking For Compliance

The best practice frequency for compliance in licence checking by fleets has recently increased to twice a year, on average.  Under the recently issued FORS Standard (Version 4.0) twice yearly checks are now the minimum requirement. However, many larger fleets are now carrying out quarterly checks. As Richard Brown MD of ADLV Member Licence Check Ltd. says, “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.”


Licence Data Will Combine With Additional And Client Data Sets To Boost ‘Know Your Driver’ Data Quality

Early this year, CPC and Tacho data will become available alongside standard driving licence data. The ADLV is already working on a number of additional data sets to combine with driving licence and Tacho data. As Kevin Curtis Technical Director of the ADLV says, “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.”


Greater Use Of Big Data Analytics To Drive Corporate Decision Making

There will be far more use of big data to drive fleet analytics in support of management decision making. ADLV data will play its part here. As ADLV Chair Malcolm Maycock says, “There is so much data, growing so rapidly, that we are now looking at ‘Data Lakes’ more than Data Warehouses. Often, we won’t know what’s in there unless we conduct professional business analytics to find out. Driving licence data is one of the essential elements here in terms of setting the parameters for risk profiling and management for all businesses that allow employees to drive on their behalf.   It’s also the obvious starting point to begin to profile the driver pool with a view to encouraging better driving styles and habits.  According to recent research by Direct Line, this could cut annual fuel bills by 40%, as well as reducing wear and tear on vehicles and driving down accident rates.   With the wider acceptance of black box or mobile-based telematics solutions and the spread of “connected” vehicles into the fleet and grey fleet parcs, we shall see a far greater emphasis on fleet business intelligence and driver data analysis. The information identified will drive fleet decision making as well as wider corporate and government policies on taxation, transport and the environment.  It will also create a far richer more innovative data environment for fleet managers.”


More Research of Road Safety. The ADLV Will Work With Road Safety Experts

Over the course of the 2017 ADLV management will be looking to work with a number of Road Safety Organisations to identify how ‘Knowing Your Driver Better’ can boost road safety. As ADLV Director & Secretary Dave Bartleman says, “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.”

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‘Listening’ DVLA Will Supply Tacho and CPC Data Through The ADLV

Following a recent survey of over 100 senior UK haulage fleet managers, conducted by the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV), the DVLA has now agreed to supply Tacho and CPC Data to the haulage industry. The data will be made available in the New Year, alongside driving licence data already available through the ADLV. The ADLV welcomes the news to make the data available and believes that it can be used to significantly reduce employer risk, ensure a better-trained workforce and improve road safety.

The survey had shown that 91% of management respondents wanted CPC & Tacho data to be available alongside existing online driving licence checks. 90% also felt that the availability of the data could make their own monitoring of driver entitlement easier and improve support for existing HR systems.

Richard Brown, Managing Director of Licence Check

Commenting on the news, Richard Brown Managing Director of Licence Check, an ADLV member noted, “As a call to action our survey is hard to ignore, as it reflects the views of 100 senior UK Haulage managers – many of whom come from fleets of over 100 vehicles. However, that said, the upcoming release of Tacho and CPC data by the DVLA now is a testament to the DVLA’s ability to listen to the industry and to respond. For that they should be greatly commended.

“Whether the data is now used to improve compliance, training, licence administration or more broadly to increase road safety, its impact will be extremely beneficial. We look forward to considering other data sets that will help fleet managers know their drivers better.”

The current list of ADLV members that fleet managers can contact should they require online driver entitlement checks is as follows: Admin Business Solutions, Descartes Systems UK Ltd., Drivercheck Ltd., Driving Monitor, Fleet Claims Administration Ltd., GB Group plc, Intelligent Data Systems (UK) Ltd., Interactive Driving Systems Ltd., Jaama Ltd., Licence Bureau Ltd., Licence Check Ltd., Pinewood.

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Fleets Grow Online Driver Entitlement Data Usage

Recent Freedom of Information figures seen by the ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification), show a significant rise in the volume and frequency of online driving licence data checking by UK Fleets. The 2016 DVLA statistics show that there was a 30.4% increase in checks by online intermediaries compared to the same period last year. The ADLV expects this growth to continue throughout 2016 and well into 2017, with the total number of checks rising from the current level of 2.35 million to a projected 3 million by March 2017. The ADLV accredits the rise to more frequent online checking of data, coupled with a broader use of other related datasets to promote ‘know your driver’ risk reduction strategies.

As Richard Payne Gill Deputy Chair of the ADLV notes, “The growth in volume is highly encouraging as it reflects that electronic checking, through a fully managed service from a professional third party, has now become a ‘best practice’ with full reporting and audit trails included. It is also a sign that the frequency of checking has increased too as fleet managers seek to both boost compliance certainty and reduce the risk from misuse and fraud. We are seeing quarterly checks becoming the norm.

“There has also been a rise in the breadth of data now that is now being combined with licence information, and we are also confident that other datasets are likely to become available too including Tacho and CPC data for the UK Haulier sector. The integration of all this data will see a transformation on the overall professionalism of the sector with the ultimate benefits including major efficiency gains for Fleet operators and a marked boost for road safety.”

The current list of ADLV members that fleet managers can contact should they require online driver entitlement checks is as follows: Admin Business Solutions, Descartes Systems UK Ltd, Drivercheck Ltd, Driving Monitor, Fleet Claims Administration Ltd, GB Group plc, Intelligent Data Systems (UK) Ltd, Interactive Driving Systems Ltd, Jaama Ltd, Licence Bureau Ltd, Licence Check Ltd, Pinewood.

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ADLV Survey Shows That 91% Of Hauliers Want Online CPC and Tacho Data Checking

A survey of over 100 senior UK haulage fleet managers, conducted by the Association for Driving Licence Verification (, has shown that 91% of respondents want CPC & Tacho data to be available alongside online driving licence checks. They also believe that its inclusion would eliminate the industry’s current but imprecise reliance on visual data checking. A further 90% felt that the availability of CPC and Tacho information would make their own monitoring of driver entitlement easier, by supporting existing HR systems and acting as a single point of reference.

The ADLV believes that the data, which is currently held by the DVSA and DVLA, could be easily made available alongside existing online driving licence data feeds. Should the data become available, the Association believes it would reduce employer risk, ensure a better-trained workforce and also improve road safety.

The survey also questioned whether not knowing the training status of drivers presented the respondents with a significant administrative challenge? In all, 75% of those surveyed felt that this was indeed a challenging issue and that automating training status data would help reduce the burden considerably. In all 80% of respondents agreed with the ADLV that access to the information would also benefit road safety, help them to remind drivers about compliance issues and to raise awareness of employee fraud risks.

Commenting on the survey, Kevin Curtis the ADLV’s Technical Director added, “This survey was conducted by our member companies over the last few months and reflects the views of 100 senior UK Haulage managers – many of whom come from fleets of over 100 vehicles. Quite simply, it highlights a significant demand for change. This data needs to be available, whether its used to improve compliance, training, licence administration or more broadly to increase road safety. We have forwarded the respondents’ views to the DVLA and are optimistic that they will look sympathetically upon our call to action.”

Kevin Curtis Technical Director ADLV

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ADLV Predicts Broader Use of Electronic Driver Checks in 2016 As Fleets Embrace Best-Practice and Road Safety

The ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification) is forecasting that best practice and road safety objectives will drive a greater fleet focus on the volume, frequency and type of electronic driver checks in 2016. Amongst the trends that the ADLV forecasts are:


Greater Frequency Of Checking:

In keeping with its recent marketing campaign, encouraging Fleet Managers to move to quarterly checks from annual ones, the ADLV is expecting that the average frequency of online checks will increase significantly. The figures are particularly important given the recent statistics highlighted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). These show that 7,621 people are still driving with 12 points or more on their licence. A further 36,000 motorists are on the brink of losing their driving licence. Whilst these drivers have reached the threshold to receive a ban, they are still driving, endangering other road users.

The ADLV believes that as most fleets move to biannual or quarterly checking, motivated by the general trend towards lower cost per check, the risk of fleet drivers carrying undeclared endorsements will be dramatically reduced. This policy has already received widespread acclaim from many of the UK’s largest fleets and the ADLV believes that this momentum will continue to gain pace across the course of the coming year. From a current base of 1.4 checks per driver per annum, the ADLV believes that the figure is likely to exceed to 1.7 checks per driver per annum in 2016.


Increased Volume of Checks:

Partly as a result of the increased frequency and partly as a result of the abolition of the paper license counterpart last July, there will be an overall increase in the annual volume of electronic checks in the coming year. The number of checks through the ADLV membership has been rising steadily over the course of this year it is expected that the total number will now increase to over 2.5 million in 2016, a growth rate of around 25% per annum.


Wider Range of Data Available:

The breadth and type of data available to Fleet Managers will also increase as the concept of ‘Know Your Driver’ spreads as a Best Practice. This will help tackle growing issues such as Right To Work in the commercial sector where the use of illegal workers is becoming a burning issue.

Commenting on the forecasts, Richard Payne-Gill Deputy Chair of the ADLV noted; “2016 will be a tipping point for commercial electronic licence checking as Fleet Managers, HR Executives and Risk Assessors now understand the real potential of frequent electronic checking and the increasing breadth of datasets that are becoming available. This allows Fleets to set new standards of best practice on one hand whilst making a real contribution to road safety on the other.

“Probably the most significant change will be the evolution of the data itself, including an increase in the number of datasets available. This is being driven by the demands from Fleet Managers themselves who see this new approach as benefitting both fleet management best practice and road-safety. It will also add to the confidence companies have that the right people are behind the wheels of their vehicles. Indeed the days of rogue drivers slipping through the net are now well and truly numbered.”

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ADLV Reports Surge in Commercial Electronic Checking Following Abolition Of Paper Driving Licence Counterpart

The ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification) has reported a surge in online commercial checking from vocational fleets following the abolition of the paper driving licence counterpart in July this year. Despite a slight reduction in the growth rate of checking immediately prior to the change, the rate of increase for the months of July and August over the prior year, were 38.0% and 37.3% respectively. The ADLV forecasts that the total number of checks carried out by members this year will now exceed 2 million.

The ADLV believes that the scale of the increase in the rate of growth is also a reflection of its campaign to encourage electronic checking as a fundamental best-practice for fleet management. In addition, the numbers also reflect the association’s recent ‘road safety’ campaign. This urges fleet managers to increase the frequency of checks from annual to quarterly in order to identify high-risk drivers, such as those with mobile phone convictions.

One ADLV member reports that since the organisation’s launch, the average number of checks per driver per annum is up nearly 30% from 1.1 checks to 1.4 checks per driver. In response to the figures the ADLV is planning to introduce other ‘know your driver’ options, within its checking system, which will ensure even higher standards for ‘entitlement to drive’ checking.

Commenting on the news, Malcolm Maycock Chair of the ADLV noted, “Finally, following the abolition of the counterpart, the message has got through that electronic checking is now a best-practice for those fleet managers that are keen to comply with the highest standards.

“In addition, as increased checking means that high risk drivers are spotted more quickly, there is a realisation that embracing electronic checking more fully contributes significantly to road safety. So we welcome any upswing in the figures, as this translates directly into the roads being safer for the public.  Ultimately, with electronic checking facilitating the ever more extensive use of big data, we believe that organisations will be keen to gain a far greater degree of knowledge about exactly who is entitled to be behind the wheel of their vehicles. The ADLV will meet this demand with a number of announcements over the coming months.”

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ADLV Urges Quarterly Checks To Identify High Risk Drivers and Ensure Road Safety

The ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification) is calling for fleet managers to make more regular checks on driver licence entitlement. This would include quarterly checks for vocational fleets as a norm and more frequent checks where driver risk profiles warrant it. Currently, most organisations, including those with vocational fleets, work on just an annual or bi-annual basis. By establishing industry standards based on driver risk profiles, the ADLV believes that fleets will be able to more quickly identify high-risk groups, such as those with mobile phone misuse and other offences. In using the latest commercial licence checking systems, through an ADLV member to perform repeat checks, Fleet Managers can be sure that they have taken the appropriate action, minimised the risks to the public and boosted road safety.

More frequent checking is a straightforward process for the ADLV’s members. Their commercial checks can be repeated easily without the need for renewed consent each time; as informed consent is given for a three-year period. The ADLV believes that the highly practical nature of this approach compares favourably to the DVLA’s ‘Share Driver Licence’ option, which requires employees to submit their personal details for each check. This, claims the ADLV, could be disruptive in the workplace where it relies on manual processes to ensure drivers are checked frequently. Many also feel that manual checks can mean both higher internal costs and the risk of the process not being properly assessed.

The ADLV’s Deputy Chair Richard Payne-Gill believes that a move to more regular checking will support both risk reduction and road safety. He notes, “Previously annual or bi-annual checks were deemed to be sufficient. However, the latest checking systems, available through ADLV members, deliver more regular checks and are already being followed by some major fleets. In our view more frequent automated commercial checking varied according to driver risk profile, will establish it self as the best-practice for all professional fleet managers.”

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ADLV Polls Fleet and HR Management On Best Practice Procedures For Online Guide To Driving Entitlement

ADLV Polls Fleet and HR Management On Best Practice Procedures For Online Guide To Driving Entitlement


The ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification) is seeking to incorporate feedback from Business Owners, Fleet Managers and HR officers in developing a Best-Practice Guide to checking driver licence entitlement. The new on-line Guide, which will highlight the correct verification systems to use in specific circumstances, is being drawn up in response to the imminent withdrawal of the paper driving licence counterpart by the DVLA. Once published, the Guide will serve as a compliance document for both the private and public sector fleet industries. Amongst the topics that the Best-Practice Guide will cover are:


The legal aspects of driver entitlement: This will cover the current classes and categories of licence and the verification levels required to meet them.


Endorsement Codes: An overview of existing codes.


Holders of overseas licenses: This section will highlight guidance on defining residency both within and outside the European Union and the appropriate requirements for driver entitlement accordingly.


License Checking Options and Procedures: The Guide will highlight the different systems available for checking driver entitlement and which of these Fleet and HR managers see as providing the most appropriate level of compliance for their own circumstances. This includes the difference between the DVLA and the commercial services available. For example, most Fleet Managers with fleets of over 20 drivers are already moving to commercial electronic checking as Best–Practice. It will also highlight the correct procedures for each option – for example the VDL (View My Licence) facility is purely for use by the licence holder themselves and not by third parties.


Areas of caution: The final section of the guide will seek to ensure that readers are aware of the limitations of some methods of checking and their liabilities under current Data Protection legislation. An example of each would be:

The .pdf screen shot that can be produced with the DVLA’s single-view SMDR (ShareMyDriving Record) service has no legal standing and is not a sufficient proof of driver entitlement on its own as it can be edited.


The DVLA’s current VDL (View My Licence) facility is purely meant for use by the individual licence holder or could be used by a business but only with the driver’s explicit consent. Some organisations have wrongly assumed this consent has been given automatically; it is a criminal offence to obtain someone else’s information without their permission.


Commenting on the preparation of the Best-Practice Guide Richard Payne-Gill, Deputy Chair of the ADLV said, “The need for this guide is clearly pressing, given the on-going confusion about the various licence checking options available following the withdrawal of the paper counterpart to the licence.


“We are preparing the Guide, as organisations need to know the Best-Practice way to proceed and what constitutes compliance within their own organisation. However, rather than simply dictate the key issues and remedies therein, we aim to include feedback from Business Owners, HR officers and Fleet Managers to ensure that we are both relevant and meeting the real needs of the market once the licence counterpart has gone.


“In the future we are also considering a video on the “Caution” element of the Guide to show just how easy it is to abuse and misuse paper .pdfs and the serious consequences of getting it wrong.


“So the ADLV would love to hear from relevant parties across all sectors, including both car and freight based fleets, about the issues raised and we look forward to incorporating as many of their ideas as possible.”

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FOI Figures Reveal That Electronic Licence Checking Is Becoming Best Practice For Fleets

Licence Verification) from the DVLA, reveal that there has been a considerable increase in commercial electronic checking of licenses by fleets. The figures record the volume of licence checks made through members of the DVLA’s EDECS Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service, the vast majority of which are ADLV members. In the last three months of 2014, the statistics show that the volume of licenses checked electronically, by these organisations, rose sharply by more than 22% on prior year; this represents an increase in the percentage growth rate on prior year by 34% over just one quarter. The total number of checks undertaken by EDECS users on behalf of UK fleets was in excess of 1.7M in 2014.

According to ADLV Member Richard Brown the figures reflect both the news that the paper licence counterpart is set to disappear and awareness that the ADLV has been launched to advance the cause of commercial best-practice for electronic checking. In his view: “These figures are highly significant. They show that Fleet Managers are recognising that best-practice has changed and that electronic checking through a fully managed service from a professional third party is the right way to check driver entitlement; as it enables automated and continuous checking with full reporting and audit trails. We expect that these figures will continue to rise, especially as we get closer to the disappearance of the paper counterpart. 

“The change in practice has also been reinforced by a general understanding that the paper .pdf generated through the DVLA’s single record Share My Driving Licence alternative has no legal standing. There is also a concern, that PDF and printed paper documents are open to fraud, which could leave organisations exposed to compliance risk. Many Fleet managers see electronic checking as a superior and risk free path to follow and as the message spreads we expect a significant adoption of these processes over the next 6 months.”

The current list of ADLV members that fleet managers can contact should they require driving licence checks is a follows:


The AA, Admin Business Solutions, Chalcheck Ltd, Descartes Systems UK Ltd, DriveTech (UK) Ltd, Drivercheck Ltd., Driving Monitor, Fleet Claims Administration Ltd, Fleet Partnership Solutions Ltd, GB Group plc., Jaama Ltd, Inchcape Fleet Solutions, Intelligent Data Systems (UK) Ltd, Interactive Driving Systems Ltd, Licence Bureau Ltd, Licence Check Ltd, and Pinewood Technologies.

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ADLV raises driver data security bar to support corporate fleet needs

The Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) is to launch a new package of measures aimed at reinforcing the quality and   security of driving licence data for corporate fleet users.

The measures will form the first steps towards a new industry standard aimed at ensuring risk free access to licence data once the paper counterpart disappears. The new measures are seen as a response to corporate fleet concerns over non-commercial licence checking services which some worry are open to potential misuse and abuse by staff which leaves their employers at risk under current data protection legislation.

Richard Payne-Gill, a Director of the ADLV, said: “Data security and avoidance of data fraud are issues requiring sound governance. Corporate HR Directors, Risk Specialists and Fleet Managers must adhere to only the highest standards of Information Security when it comes to their employee’s data. Any serious breach leaves them exposed to   the law and potentially affects their reputation as an employer.

“DVLA is soon to introduce the Share My Driving Licence facility (SMDL) which will allow motorists to share up-to-date information electronically about their driving entitlement. The ADLV has shared its concerns with the DVLA about allowing the driver to produce a PDF version of their record which could easily be manipulated. Without training companies may inadvertently accept the document as proof of entitlement to drive not understanding they still need to check further online.

“Corporate users can avoid this issue by using the services which are already commercially available, these are equipped to deal with employers that need batch services for reasons of organisational efficiency rather than a transactional service, ensuring that their driving licence entitlement is correct and sufficient for their purposes.

“As corporate users cannot accept any risk, especially when it comes to employee data, they have welcomed the professional, independent licence verification services provided initially my members of the DVLA’s EDECS system and more recently the ADLV itself. Where corporate fleet managers only use an ADLV member, it reduces such risks and these new measures will reinforce the quality of the service they deliver. By using the services of an ADLV member, the possibility of someone playing fast and loose with driver licence data is history.

“The package includes a membership roadmap to ISO 27001 compliance and the addition of e-consent for ID Assurance; ensuring an individual’s identity is properly verified before sensitive personal information is accessed.”

The ADLV is currently working on a range of other new standards aimed at effective corporate fleet governance, which are to be announced soon.

Fleets seek electronic data checking benefits now as counterpart abolition delayed

The abolition of the photocard licence counterpart is being delayed until 8 June 2015. From that date it will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.

The ADLV has responded to news of the delay and, in its view, the abolition date is irrelevant as the time for many fleets to change their processes is now. This reflects a recognition by the Association that some corporate fleet users are concerned that even when the current alternative proposed by the DVLA becomes available it might not address all their business compliance and operational requirements for fleets of 20 or more.

As an alternative approach and a call to action, the ADLV is recommending that fleet managers evaluate available commercial alternatives now to reap immediate and significant efficiency savings as well as data security enhancements.

As the ADLV Chair Malcolm Maycock said: “The benefits of electronic checking are already available and proven so why wait until someone decides a date for the inevitable? Organisations seeking to professionally manage and protect their employees’ driver data should make the move to electronic checking now.”

The ADLV’s Technical Director Kevin Curtis said: “Working alongside the DVLA the ADLV will launch a ‘Real Time’ checking service early in the New Year. We also plan to launch the new eConsent service for paperless checks as well as the current ‘wet signature’ D796. ADLV members offer a risk free and compliant solution to managing driver data and this is being well received by those who wish to take a professional approach.”

The ADLV will also be contacting fleet managers to recommend they make the move to electronic verification now instead of waiting for the paper counterpart to be abolished.

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