Jaama, the UK’s leading fleet and asset management software solution provider, is supporting the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on its Earned Recognition Scheme pilot and encouraging commercial vehicle, coach and bus operators to take part.
Operators that use Jaama’s multi award-winning Key2 web-based technology to record walk-around vehicle inspection checks, servicing and MoT information will be able to feed that information directly into the DVSA database.
The information recorded by transport managers will demonstrate to the DVSA that fleets are practicing robust and timely compliance methods.
The Earned Recognition Scheme initiative is designed to reduce the number of vehicle roadside checks by DVSA enforcement officers. Roadside checks typically have an impact on business efficiency because they inevitably result in delays and subsequent fines from customers for missing allocated time slots. Additionally, vehicle defects found in checks can result in legal action and trigger a chain reaction nightmare for bosses.
Jaama managing director Martin Evans said: “Commercial vehicle, bus and coach fleets that use Key2 to support the robust reporting of their vehicles and related information will be able to demonstrate their compliance directly to the DVSA through this pilot.
“Similarly, the DVSA will be able to monitor the records of engaged fleets remotely and that will enable enforcement officers to focus their attentions on undertaking roadside checks on vehicles operated by organisations with less robust reporting structures and processes.
“The DVSA is moving to a policy of ‘remote enforcement’. In terms of commercial vehicle, bus and coach operator compliance that will see fleets provide online updates to vehicle and driver records so proactive and compliant organisations will be less likely to be hindered by random roadside stops thus improving operating efficiency.
“The partnership approach between the DVSA, fleet operators and software providers such as Jaama is about recognising best practice in terms of compliance. Many of our Key2 users are at the cutting-edge of enforcing best practice and this is helping to drive efficiencies across their fleet operations.”
Additionally, said Mr Evans: “Talking with the DVSA and encouraging the involvement of some Key2 users in the pilot will, in turn, influence the future development of our software to help operators achieve the required standards.”
Organisations collectively managing more than 900,000 vehicles, including companies that run their own workshops, currently use Key2 and that number is expected to grow significantly further in 2017.