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ACFO launches best practice guide to licence checking

Date: 18 May 2010   |   Author:

ACFO has launched a comprehensive best practice guide to checking business drivers' documents, and has confirmed the publication will be the first of a series covering different topics across the industry.

The manual is born as a result of BusinessCar's investigation last year into Government departments' licence checking policies, and the subsequent interest from the Labour Party's Dr Stephen Ladyman, who asked the trade association to produce a best practice handbook to illustrate how departments should be managing their drivers.

The association's chairman Julie Jenner will present the ACFO Best Practice Guide to Employee Driving Document Checking at its annual conference and AGM, being held at the Mini plant in Oxford today (Tuesday).

"I'm delighted that we've managed to put together such a comprehensive, useful and important document, and would like to thank all those whose expertise have made this possible," Jenner told BusinessCar.

The guide will sit in the member's section of ACFO's website, and Jenner hopes it will be another incentive for prospective members to join. "ACFO has much to offer for anyone managing fleets of vehicles, from HR and finance decision-makers through to full-time fleet managers," she said. "We hope this guide will be another example of how the association can help with all aspects of managing vehicles and drivers."

BusinessCar's freedom of information requests into the licence checking policies of 21 Government departments found that only one - the DVLA - met the best practice levels expected of fleets. Following an invitation from Dr Ladyman to discuss BusinessCar's findings, also attended by senior ACFO executives, the then-MP invited ACFO, as the premier organisation for fleet operators, to produce a best practice document, which has now been completed.

The guide has been issued by Dr Ladyman to Government departments, several of which have already responded positively, pledging to make policy changes as a result.

ACFO has pledged to make the document-check guide the first of several that will eventually result in a comprehensive guide to each area of fleet management. "We're going to continue discussions at the next national council meeting in September to identify the priority subject for part two, and we've already identified a number of areas," said Jenner.