CFC Solutions sees sharp rise in driving licence checks
The company says that the number of checks has quadrupled in the last year as fleet interest in the issue continues to grow. This has led to its Licence Link product – which checks with the DVLA database online to see whether drivers have any convictions – becoming its fastest adopted software in more than 30 years of trading.
Neville Briggs, managing director at CFC, said: 'What seems to be happening is that employers are recognising that ensuring drivers have the licences and points which they claim is an essential part of any risk effective management policy.
'It is something that fleets are taking seriously and so a product like Licence Link, which essentially automates the task of licence checking, is an obvious solution. It is part of the ongoing process of fleets becoming more risk aware.'
Free to adopt, Licence Link is designed to help all employers simplify the routine task of regularly checking car and van driver licence information through a web-based system. Once basic driving licence information is entered onto Licence Link, fleet managers can choose how often automatic checks are made with the DVLA database – for example, annually for low mileage drivers or more often for high mileage, high risk employees.
Automatic alerts are sent to the fleet manager if the DVLA checks show changes to endorsements, the categories of vehicle that an employee is allowed to drive or if there are critical licence events such as disqualification or a photo card expiring.
Individual cases highlighted by Licence Link include a driver who had an undeclared full driving ban and another who declared a full licence but only held a provisional one.
Mr Briggs said: 'Thankfully, the number of drivers highlighted by Licence Link who should not be driving at all has been low but we have found a number of worrying instances.
'Sometimes these employees are acting maliciously by, for example, not declaring a ban because they know they will lose their job. At other times, they made an inadvertent mistake by perhaps being confused over which classes of vehicle they can drive.
'However, in all cases, they represented a risk management issue to their employer.'