When you run a business, there are all manner of fiddly administrative tasks that need completing. Many of them don’t take much time, but they mount up and quickly become a burden for busy managers and staff.
Checking driving licence information for employees who use a car in the line of their duties is one such task. It’s imperative that you do it, as part of your health and safety responsibilities, in order to ensure that staff are eligible to drive on UK roads.
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. This might seem like a pretty straightforward task: simply ask staff members to show the photo card and counterpart of their driving licence before handing them the keys to a company car, and your duties are complete, right? No – Driving licence checks should involve more than simple visual checks, because these don’t guarantee that the information is up to date.
According to the DVLA, 22% of drivers have out-of-date driving licences, either because they’ve neglected to renew them [which everyone is required to do every 10 years], or because the drivers are deliberately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.
DriverCheck points out that all drivers need to be checked as it is a company’s legal duties extend to anyone who drives for business, even if they’re behind the wheel of their own car. DriverCheck provides a “grey fleet” service to help when it comes to ensuring compliance with health and safety law.
To help businesses DriverCheck offers a Driving Licence Verification check that matches drivers against the DVLA’s live database. This helps avoid any potential shortcomings of manual checks, thus ensuring employers have the very latest information about their employees’ eligibility to drive.
DriverCheck offers any potential clients the opportunity to evaluate its system with a free 7 Day Trial, this way your business can be confident in the accuracy of the information and help ease the administrative burden, while being legally compliant.