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Employers Guidelines - Driving licence checks

It is imperative to check employees’ driving licences before asking them to drive on company business – whether using company cars or their own vehicles.

Checking driving licence information for employees who use a car in the line of their duties is a part of your health and safety responsibilities, in order to ensure that staff are eligible to drive on UK roads. These driving licence checks should involve more than simple visual checks and ideally should be checked with the live records held by the DVLA - especially important now that the paper counterpart is being phased out in June 2015.

The rules make it clear that employers must do everything that is ‘reasonably practicable’ to protect their staff when they’re on the road, or risk facing prosecution in the event of an accident. Checking up-to-date driving licence information about an employee is part and parcel of this, because it’s a way of ascertaining their credentials as a driver. According to the DVLA, 22 percent of drivers have out-of-date driving licences, either because they’ve neglected to renew them [which everyone is required to do every 10 years], or because the drivers are deliberately breaking the law.

Sprint are able to organise driving licence verification checks that match drivers against the DVLA’s live database, ensuring employers have the very latest information about their employees’ eligibility to drive. Need further information? Feel free to call Sprint Contracts on 01782 566 806

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Posted on 15th January 2015 at 3:11 PM

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