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Licence checking addition marks UK first for expense solution

Selenity has updated its Expenses cloud technology with a new licence checking function that could cut costs and enhance risk management for firms with company and/or grey fleet drivers.

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Licence checking addition marks UK first for expense solution

Developed with Licence Check, the DVLA Connect add-on enables firms to authenticate driving licence validity and automatically populate entitlement and endorsement information for company drivers and, according to Selenity (formerly Software Europe), is the only expenses solution to connect direct to the DVLA.

Following employee consent, licence checks can be scheduled for action every one, three, six or 12 months to suit an organisation’s individual needs or depending on a driver’s risk profile, with DVLA Connect providing real-time alerts and notifications for drivers who are found to have been disqualified or show a revoked or expired driving licence.

The new feature sits within the Duty of Care feature of Selenity’s Expenses technology, which allows organisations to carry out automatic checking of driver and vehicle documentation, including MOT and road tax information.

Deborah Saunby, sales and marketing director at Selenity, said: “One in three people injured or killed on UK roads each year were ‘at work’ at the time, making driving the biggest single health and safety issue for most businesses. Not only that, duty of care can be costly for businesses wanting to check their employees’ information direct from the DVLA, costing a company on average £10 per driver.

“Thanks to our partnership with Licence Check, we’ve been able to remove that cost for our Expenses customers who will save money using our own DVLA Connect service, as well as reduce the administrative burden of manually checking all employees’ driver and vehicle documentation.”

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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.