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The Human Condition and Conditional Autonomy

Control is at the heart of any endeavour. Mechanical control is designed into components. Autonomous control is programmed into processes, including mechanical control. Human interaction within any control process introduces the possibility of habitual or repeated error.

Technology has advanced autonomous control in ways that were once considered impossible. Early Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) developed into Direct Numerical Control (DNC) and 3D modelling techniques. This has led to automated robotic manufacturing processes with minimal human interaction. Now that new technologies integrate and connect almost anything seems possible.

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Exposure to risk can lead to the downfall of any business or organisation

Limiting risk is the goal of everyone concerned with health and safety. Today’s HR or Fleet Manager is faced with a mountain of legislation for duty of care requirements. With so many laws to follow and demands upon their time, why is it necessary to check driving licences?

It has been stated that by the strict letter of the law, there is no mandatory requirement to do ongoing checks of driving licences. Once employed or contracted it can be left to the driver to ensure that the licence is current and still valid. But this is a high risk approach to take.

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A Treasure Trove of Data – Driving Licence, DQC and Driver Cards

Licence Link, the online licence checking service now provides checks for the validity of Driver Qualification and Tachograph Driver cards. An additional free service to all Licence Link users.

Using the existing Access to Driver Data (ADD) licence checking service provided by the DVLA, Licence Link, can now access additional Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) Driver Qualification Card (DQC) and Tachograph Driver Card details through a simple process of requesting this data through the existing licence checking service, real time or scheduled. All that is required is the consent from the driver through mandate or eConsent.

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A Trio of Checks – Driving Licence, DQC and Driver Cards

Online licence checking is about to change. The exciting prospect of being able to check the validity of a Driver Qualification Card and a Tachograph Driver Card will soon be available from Licence Link.

The professional LGV and PCV driver on the highways of today have requirements to conform to the modern day rules of the road. Not only must they have a valid licence, but must be aware of the hours that they work and attend continuous training courses to prove professional competence. Fleet and HR Managers, tasked with ensuring that the driver is properly qualified with current and valid cards, as part of their duty of care requirements, can hugely benefit from this new service.

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Speeding Trends – Finding the Frequency

It is estimated that 50% of drivers exceed the 30mph speed limit. That LGV (large Goods Vehicle) drivers have been known to ignore the speed limit on single carriageway main roads.
With this tendency to speed being prevalent can analysing endorsement data provide a way of interpreting speeding trends?

Two of the main groups identified for speeding excessively are the company car and LGV drivers. The reasons given for speeding are many and varied, including keeping to schedules and appointments. These two groups fall into the categories of employers risks and liabilities. By taking a look at the known endorsement data and in particular those endorsements for SP30, SP50 and SP10 it can help with the planned duty of care requirements that Fleet and HR Managers are tasked with.

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Levels of Quality – A Premium Choice

Recently the auto industry has been rocked by engine emissions scandals and technology products have been withdrawn from markets due to battery malfunctions.

Whatever the reason for these failures of quality control and the subsequent consequences to the organisations involved, it highlights the need for quality assessment, starting at the point of product procurement. Analysing requirements and subsequent performance expectations can be determined by a pre-qualification process in order to find the appropriate level of quality required.

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Change for the Future

The beginning of a New Year brings with it the tradition of New Year Resolutions. It is often the case that they are decided upon without any real consideration of the changes that will need to be made, and the effort involved in order to keep them. It is estimated that over 80% of people who make resolutions have failed to keep them by the end of the year.

So it is worthwhile to consider the concept of change and how it can be successfully achieved, especially when it comes to choosing new processes and software tools in our businesses. Resistance to change, looking only to the past and the present, means the future will remain the same or will happen without us. This is the meaning of a quote taken from an address given by President John F. Kennedy on June the 25th 1963 in the Assembly Hall in Paulskirche, Frankfurt in Germany. “Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”.

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Security confidence and online services

Reminders of the impact that a compromised website can have on users and on an organisation’s reputation surface regularly in the News. What factors should users and organisations be mindful of in selecting the right solution provider?

For the user, a data breach ignites fear that their personal details have been obtained and possibly used. For organisations, it is the loss of credibility, financial recompense or loss and legal liabilities.

Some hacks have been blamed on infiltrations from associated services where users have used identical credentials to gain access, most commonly the same password. Others cite phishing campaigns as the source of taking the necessary details to access accounts. Whatever the reasons for these unauthorised attempts at access, security breaches of this kind can lead to a loss of confidence in the organisations involved.

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Software: Time-Saving friend or Inefficient foe?

Time is universally accepted as one of the most valuable assets, but we frustratingly and unnecessarily waste so much of it.

If the average adult is awake for 15 hours 45 minutes, it is estimated that an average of 8 hours is spent in front of a screen of some sort. For 45 to 54-year-olds, this jumps to over 9 hours. With much of our weekday time spent at work, user friendliness of applications is much more than increasing utilisation. The easier the range of tools we use are, the more efficient our completion of tasks. We all know that time can pass by at such a rate that the day, weeks and months seem to vanish into thin air – software should not be a contributing factor to this.

Technical downtime, such as computer crashes, unexpected operating system updates, loss of connectivity, or network breakdown are somewhat inevitable. Measures can be put in place to limit the disruption, but with this often happening at an enterprise level, individual users have very limited influence. A user’s approach to selecting software, however, can positively affect their efficiency and productivity. User-friendly, in this case, signifies the selection of a product that helps the user to complete the range of tasks required without being inhibited by the software design itself.

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Is the drive towards Autonomous Transport the road to take?

From horse and cart, to canal and barge, to rail and steam power, to the internal combustion engine and beyond, transportation has always brought about change. But not at such a pace as it is happening today. Technological advancement is continuing at a tremendous speed and its use in transportation is going ahead at full steam.

It is stated that the UK is on the pathway to a driverless future where people and goods are transported around the UK in autonomous vehicles. The date when fully autonomous vehicles are expected to be the majority on the road network is currently estimated to be by the year 2030, for full end-to-end journeys. From now until that year the belief is that the development of assisted vehicle technology to fully connected autonomous vehicles will take place.

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