You might not realise this, but licence checking, and driver validation, is a legal requirement for employers in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

No organisation is immune to the law. No fleet exempt. There are three Acts of Parliament, or primary legislation, that govern this. We’ll detail these below to inform you of your legal obligations as an employer and fleet operator.

The Road Traffic Act (1988)

The Road Traffic Act (1988) states “that it is an offence for a person to cause or permit another person to drive on a road a motor vehicle of any class if that person is not the holder of a licence authorising him to drive a motor vehicle of that class.”

What this means, simply, is as an employer you have a legal obligation to ensure that your drivers are legally entitled to be on the road. Licence checking solves the issue.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

In the event one of your employees is killed on the road while driving for work purposes, you risk being prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 if there is evidence to suggest a failure in management.

This is a serious offence that can carry a prison sentence. Organisations must validate drivers with licence checking to protect themselves in the event of a death on the road.

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) states that employers must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of employees at work. It also states employers must ensure that others are not put at risk by work-related driving activities.

Further, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to manage health and safety effectively. Licence checking forms part of that.

Meet your legal obligations – start licence checking with Drivetech

Drivetech can provide fleets with an online driving licence testing and validation facility using DVLA and DVA sourced data. Our online system is fast and easy to use, approved by the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) scheme.

With the ability to check penalty points, convictions and endorsements, category entitlement, revoked licenses as well as wrong addresses and expired photocards, our service gives business owners, managers and fleet operators peace of mind that a licence is genuine, and a driver is legally entitled to be on the road.

By using our driver licence checking service, you can discover and monitor:

  • Points, convictions, and endorsements
  • Drink driving disqualifications and offences
  • Expired photocards
  • Category entitlements
  • Expired and revoked licences
  • Serious offences such as drink driving
  • Inaccurate details such as address mismatches

It doesn’t matter if you’re responsible for a large, small, or medium-sized fleet. If you have employees in your workforce who drive a vehicle as part of their employment, then you are legally obliged to validate their roadworthiness.

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