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Zero tolerance approach to drink driving in festive season

Neville Briggs
Neville Briggs

Fleets should be underlining the need to have a zero tolerance approach to drink driving in the festive season – with special attention paid to the morning after a drinking session, says CFC Solutions.

The fleet software company points out that same evening, drink related accidents have been falling for many years but that morning after incidents have increased in the last decade, possibly as a result of longer licensing hours.

Neville Briggs, Managing Director, said: “Over the years, we have made great strides forward in drink driving – for example, the number of drink drive deaths has fallen by around 75% since 1979.

“However, it is an area where there is always more that can be done and fleets have a major role to play. Firstly, managers need to make it clear that a drink driving conviction for a company driver will mean a loss of their job without question.

“Secondly, the dangers of morning after drinking need to be underlined. There are widespread misconceptions about the amount of time that it takes for alcohol to leave the body and drivers need to know the facts.”

Briggs added that every year, among the tens of thousands of company car and van drivers who are recorded on its Licence Link licence checking software, a handful lost their licences and jobs due to drink driving offences.

He continued: “It is such an unnecessary risk to run for fleet drivers. Not only do they create a massively increased possibility of being involved in a serious accident but they also could lose their job and find it extremely difficult to get another.”

More details about drink driving advice for fleets can be found at: www.think.direct.gov.uk

About Licence Link

Free to adopt, Licence Link is designed to help employers simplify the routine task of regularly checking car and van driver licence information through a web based system – something made essential by the introduction of risk management legislation.

Once basic driving licence information is entered onto Licence Link, fleet managers can choose how often automatic checks are made with the DVLA database – for example, annually for low mileage drivers or more often for high mileage, high risk employees.

Risk summary reports will automatically group drivers into different levels of risk group – for example, those with 1-3, 4-7, 8-12 and 12 plus points, and Licence Link can be set up so that those with higher numbers of points are checked more often.

Automatic alerts are sent to the fleet manager if the DVLA checks show changes to endorsements, the categories of vehicle that an employee is allowed to drive or if there are critical licence events such as disqualification or a photo card expiring.

Further features in Licence Link include the ability to upload and store document scans against each driver record, such as an image of each driver’s licence and driver declarations. These files are held online and encrypted for security purposes.

Access to Licence Link is via a credit payment scheme. To run checks, a company buys credits in advance and as each licence check is made, the system displays the credits remaining, providing a constant balance reminder for the fleet manager.

For more information: www.cfcsolutions.co.uk