Department for Transport (DfT) research shows that over 553,000 hours a month are spent on the roads by unlicensed drivers, while more than 17,000 motorists drive banned. As an employer, using drivers that are unlicensed, or do not hold the correct type of licence for the vehicle they operate, is against the law and, using such drivers, will invalidate any insurance and could lead to fines and/or possible convictions.
Aside from it being a legal requirement, checking employee licences against DVLA databases will ensure you are using fully qualified drivers that are legally allowed to drive specific vehicles for the age and category of licence they hold. It also puts you in a better position to manage drivers, vehicles, fleet, and cost, as well as minimising risk.
Employers have a Duty of Care under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) (2) that require them to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while at work.
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