The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is generating increased interest in fleet software, as managers look for solutions that comply with privacy requirements, according to software provider FleetCheck.

GDPR, described by the EU as ‘the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years’, was implemented in May. Firms are striving to ensure they comply with the stringent regulations, lest they face legal action and substantial fines.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: “Perhaps half the new enquiries we have had this year include a conversation about GDPR. Employers are clearly concerned about its implications for fleet and want to manage the situation.”

He stated that GDPR placed a high level of responsibility on businesses that operate vehicles in terms of how they need to look after the data of drivers.

Golding said: “Often, information that is needed by fleets to ensure they are operating in a safe and efficient manner is not just basic personal data such as addresses but more sensitive.

“They could include, for example, information about criminal driving offences, medication they are taking and more.”

Golding also expressed confidence that the vast majority of FleetCheck clients had been given the fleet software and information needed to ensure they were meeting requirements.

“The problem with an issue like GDPR is that you will never be absolutely sure that you are compliant until your systems are tested in court, which is a situation you don’t want to find yourself in, of course.

“However, we have been working closely with our customer base on this subject for some time and are confident that the advice and practical help that we have provided has been of a very high quality.”

In March, Arkle Finance has teamed up with Julian Rose’s Asset Finance Policy (AFP) to offer brokers a GDPR toolkit.