A key aspect of running any sort of vehicle fleet, be it cars, vans, trucks, 4x4s, coaches, minibuses, or motorcycles, is to ensure each and every driver drives with a valid driving licence. This is a legal requirement and allows both employer and employee to be insured in the event of an accident.
Unfortunately, many organisations in the UK are misinformed concerning the process of licence checking and assume a simple photocopy of employee documents is enough to cover themselves and drivers on the road.
Statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that there are approximately 473,000 unlicensed drivers on the roads in the UK. Around 17,200 of these drivers have been banned due to the totting up of points. Without checking licences against current DVLA records, your organisation is exposed to fleet risk and non-compliance with duty of care responsibilities.