Fleets, young drivers and problems
By John Richardson, Walmsleys
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 10:01
EXPERT: John Richardson, of Walmsleys
How would you manage your busy workload and shift patterns if one of your drivers lost their driving licence?
Not only do you potentially have to find a replacement driver, but for the short term, share work out amongst current drivers, resulting in additional costs..
Those who are at most risk are new drivers who have recently obtained a driving licence.
As you will undoubtedly know, new drivers that obtain six or more points in the first two years will have their licence revoked.
If this occurs, the driver has to take both the practical and theory tests again to obtain a full licence.
Not only is this time consuming, but may mean you having to replace the member of staff.
A recent study by BBC Newsbeat shows that in 2012, at least 200 new drivers had their licence revoked every week.
This is an alarming figure to all fleet managers who employ new drivers, showing the vulnerability of the young and inexperienced on our roads.
In total, the DVLA confirmed a total of 10,797 drivers with less than two years’ experience had their licences revoked.
Even more alarming, is the fact that more than half of these drivers were found to have no insurance!
This is obviously an immediate revoke of the licence, the second most common cause of licence revoke being speeding.
Advances in technology mean that drivers who are driving without the minimum third-party insurance are being identified in a much better way.
Effectively, drivers not showing on the central database as insured will face serious ramifications.
Luckily, your drivers will be protected by the company’s motor fleet insurance, and should therefore not receive a conviction for driving without insurance.
However, with speeding being the second most frequent catalyst to a licence revocation, your driving team could be at risk.
Companies like Fleetcover offer specialist advice when it comes to driver management.
Some of the simple things could change the behaviour of one of your driving employees in a company vehicle; making them responsible for the policy excess in the event of a fault accident, or restricting them to the size of a vehicle they drive to limit the temptation to put their foot down.
Although these examples seem like simple ideas, they have shown among our current clients that having to pay a £250 excess in the event of a fault claim makes them a much more considerate driver.
Not only that, slowing down that extra 3-4mph will only benefit the fuel consumption on the vehicle.
I recommend that when a business employs extra or replacement drivers, new or experienced, a copy of both the card and counterpart licence be taken, and updated on either an annual or six-monthly basis.
This allows you to keep track of your drivers, and to make sure that none of them are either driving without licences, or aren’t racking up points in your company vehicles.