ACFO IN DISCUSSIONS WITH DVLA OVER ELECTRONIC DRIVER LICENCE CHECKING
The Department for Transport has announced that as part of its ‘Red Tape Challenge’ to cut bureaucracy the regulation requiring drivers with a credit card-sized photo driving licence to hold a paper counterpart highlighting driving category exemptions and licence points will be removed. The measure, it is calculated, will save drivers up to £8 million.
Earlier this year ACFO welcomed the move, but warned that before the change was made a number of concerns highlighted by fleet operators needed clarification.
Checking the validity of employees who drive on business – either a company provided vehicle or their own – is a fundamental part of every organisations’ occupational road risk management policy.
ACFO chairman Julie Jenner said: “Most drivers do not carry the paper counterpart to their photo licence with them to enable employers to immediately check issues around driving compliance and infringements resulting in points.
“However, while the removal of the regulation will reduce the amount of fraudulent activity by employees bent on trying to prove they have a clean driving licence, we need to know how information relating to points and driving class eligibility will be made available to employers responsible for ensuring occupational road risk management compliance.”
She added: “Directly checking individual driving licence validity and related details with the DVLA or via a third party checking agency is the only sure fire way to ensure at-work driving duty of care best practice is being followed.
“But for employers that continue to self-check driving licences we need to know the procedures that the Government will put in place or whether they expect revenue-raising checks to be made with the DVLA online or by telephone.”