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Local authority fleets to turn to online checks as DLC option ends

The ADLV (Association For Driving Licence Verification) has said it’s expecting marked growth for online checks by local authority fleets as the DVLA’s DLC option ends.

There has been an increase in the volume and frequency of online driving licence data checking by UK fleets

The ADLV said it expects the demise of the DLC option to prompt local authority fleet operators to turn to online licence checks

Currently, the DLC is used to verify the licences of local authority fleet drivers and also to check the licences of local Private Hire Vehicle (PVH) taxi drivers.

However, the DVLA is changing the way that driver information can be accessed and checked by local authorities for their own drivers and for PHV drivers as the Government Gateway access, used by the DLVA to authenticate users of the DLC, will no longer be available after 1 December 2018.

The ADLV said it expected its online services to prove popular as ADLV members observe a strict professional code of conduct, are ISO 27001 security compliant and are backed by full insurance protection. The service is also seen as a more convenient alternative to the individual ‘Share My Licence’ Scheme, where individual licences are verified manually with a single-use time-limited credential.

ADLV technical director Kevin Curtis added: “The secure online services that we offer will automate the processes involved and allow us to repeat checks over a three-year period. This actually represents a significant improvement in service levels and supports both public and road safety. With this in mind, we expect a highly positive response.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.