ADLV Expects Local Authority Fleets to Turn to Online Checks

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The Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) is expecting a marked increase in local authority fleet demand for online licence validation services offered by members, which include Jaama, following the December 1 ending of the DVLA's Driver Licence Check (DLC) service.

Currently, the DLC is used to verify the licences of local authority fleet drivers and also to check the licences of local private hire vehicle drivers.

By using a service such as that offered by Jaama, which is based on longer three-year ‘permissions’, local authority users can automate more frequent checks than they were previously able to. That would, said the ADLV, enhance both public and road safety.

Brake’s Road Safety Week encourages fleets to be 'Bike Smart

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Four out of five (79%) fleet operators think their organisation could do more to raise awareness among staff of the dangers cyclists and motorcyclists face.

The finding comes from road safety charity Brake’s fleet safety survey results with the organisation now calling on fleet operators to be ‘Bike Smart’ by raising awareness of vulnerable road users among their staff and enshrine positive action in their organisation’s policies.

Other findings from the survey, released to coincide with this year’s Road Safety Week and had the theme of ‘Bike Smart’ to raise awareness about the safety of those on two wheels, included:

• One in four organisations prioritised meeting delivery targets over road safety
• More than a third (38%) of respondents believed that the fleet industry as a whole was not doing enough to look after cyclists and motorcyclists
• Nine out of 10 respondents said that in their opinion cyclists could do more to protect themselves on the roads
• Only 36% of respondents thought current mandatory vehicle safety features were adequate and did enough to protect vulnerable road users
• 52% included guidance about protecting cyclists and motorcyclists in their driver education or awareness programmes.

FTA and SMMT welcome 'positive' Brexit Draft Agreement

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The Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have both welcomed the government’s draft Brexit agreement calling it “positive”.

Following a briefing from Number 10 Downing Street, the FTA – of which Jaama is a member, reacted “positively” to the draft agreement recognising it as a “decisive step forwards in the process of the UK’s departure from the European Union”.

The detail of the agreement, which must now gain Parliamentary approval, which reports suggest will be extremely hard to win, includes, what the FTA called “essential elements which will allow continued frictionless movement of goods and maintain the integrity of the UK’s supply chain”.