Large Goods Vehicles

As the holder of an O Licence of either Standard (National and International) or Restricted Category you are under a duty to ensure that your drivers are properly licensed according to the nature of the goods being carried and vehicle type. ALL of the road freight associations and other advisory bodies advocate that operators should establish a routine system of driving licence checking to cover both new and existing drivers. In those cases where driver CPC qualification is required, it is also important to have access to detailed source record data to determine whether the driver has “acquired rights” under their existing licence which set CPC block training deadlines that need to be noted and observed.

The LICENCECHECK service accesses source DVLA driver record data. Subject to obtaining consent from the driver this will confirm:

  • that the driver holds the appropriate C or C1 vocational entitlement for the vehicle and if an upgrade is required
  • whether the driver is entitled to tow a larger trailer
  • whether the driver passed their car test before January 1, 1997 – in which case they may be entitled to drive a category C1 (mam of over 3.5 but less than 7.5 tonnes) or C1+E restricted to a maximum authorised mass of not more than 8,250 kg.
  • their age based on the date of birth information

At the moment information on driver CPC and digital tacho card registration and expiration is not available within the DVLA driver record. The former can be obtained from the DVSA, but this is an expensive manual process. Registration number and expiration information for both of these is due to feature in the DVLA driver record at some time in the future, but a date remains to be confirmed.

In the meanwhile LICENCECHECK allows users to enter this information into driver records so that important vocational expiration dates are flagged up within the service and form part of the warning and reporting processes.

  • CPC information and expiration dates can be included in the driver record*
  • Tacho card information and expiration dates can be inserted*
  • ADR licence entitlement information and dates for the carriage of dangerous goods
  • Medical and eye test dates can be included within the driver record

*this information can be captured from the plastic cards using the Licence CDR product.

Other complimentary services are also available within the davis suite of products to include driver risk profiling, assessment and training, LGV fleet vehicle and plant management and (coming soon) a mobile based vehicle checking and reporting application.

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