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Don’t get caught out when overnight licence checking service retires, warns LICENCECHECK

The warning comes from Richard Brown, managing director of LICENCECHECK, in advance of the 1st April switch-off of the overnight service.

Brown says that only 6.3% of licence checks for companies by third-party providers are currently using the DVLA’s real-time licence checking solution.

He added: “This should be a growing concern to companies using licence checking agencies, as it means, come April, they may suffer in terms of service continuity or the results they get from a last-minute implementation.

“We made it a priority to switch to the new DVLA service when it was first launched and have been far and away the largest user. As such we have a thoroughly tried-and-tested solution that is reliable and actually delivers what it says on the tin. Companies using an alternative provider might be wise to seek assurances that existing service levels will remain unaffected following retirement of the overnight service.”

Brown added: “Licence checks can't be avoided and the new all-digital service is an incredibly easy way to do things. When labour costs are factored into the equation, it's typically no more expensive than using the ‘free’ DVLA service and can improve efficiency in fleet management admin, because it actively manages the results, reporting and re-checking requirement.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.