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Thousands of Lost Driving Licences Create Security Risk

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, September 15, 2017

Imagine sending in for your driving licence to be returned, only to find it never arrives in the post. Not only would you have to apply for a replacement, but there would also be a nagging concern that the original card wound up in the hands of someone who would use the personal information it contains to steal your identity. Unfortunately, such a scenario is not made up. It is all too real for thousands of British motorists.

According to a 6th September story published by The Sun Online, up to 2,000 driving licences sent to drivers by way of second class post have been lost over the last two years. The government has had to issue 13 replacement licences per week to make up for the losses. Compared to the total number of licences issued every year, 2,000 seems minor by comparison. But the problem is that those licences contain sensitive personal information. They even contain signatures that can be easily forged.

According to the Sun, the government continues to use second class post instead of the more secure 'signed for' delivery option. Their report went on to speculate that fraudsters could be stealing information off driving licences and either selling it online or using it to perpetrate fraud themselves.

Treat Driving Licences like Gold

Our mission of providing real-time licence checks to UK employers doesn't do much to help drivers whose licences may have been lost or stolen, but we have been in this business long enough to know that drivers should be treating their driving licences like gold.

The Sun reported that more than 1,700 of the cases dealt with over the last two years involved licences being returned to drivers who had temporarily lost them due to violations or too many points. The lesson here is pretty straightforward: don't do anything to jeopardise your licence. Once you have it, protect it just the same as you would a credit card or a pile of cash.

As an employer, you have a responsibility to make sure your drivers have valid licences before they take your company cars or vans to the streets. Real-time licence checks are one tool for making that happen. Checking licences keeps you up-to-date on all your drivers and protects you from liability by giving you the opportunity to remove drivers whose licences are no longer valid.

Sources:

The Sun – https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/4398585/you-could-be-at-risk-of-id-fraud-as-almost-2000-driving-licences-are-lost-in-the-post-in-two-years/

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Do Driving Licence Points Really Mean Anything?

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, August 25, 2017

The average driver fears a violation that could result in points being added to his or her driving licence. That's the way it should be. The point system is supposed to be a deterrent against the kinds of behaviours we deem unsafe. A driver who accumulates multiple points has demonstrated that he or she cannot be trusted. Yet there is a problem: thousands of drivers are still being allowed to drive even after accumulating more than 12 points. Read More


Licence Checks in the Era of Driverless Cars

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, August 11, 2017

To take the news media at their word would be to assume that the era of driverless cars is at the doorstep. It's not, as explained by a July story from the BBC. Still, there is that bothersome issue of driving licences at such time as driverless cars and trucks do become the norm. Will we still need licences? If so, what purpose will these serve? Read More


Poor Vision: A Growing Problem Among British Drivers

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, July 28, 2017

If you need yet another reason to be concerned about the fitness of those who drive your company vehicles, look no further than eyesight. That's right; new research just released by Vision Express suggests that millions of British drivers could be getting behind the wheel despite having inadequate eyesight. If correct, the research also suggests that those drivers are endangering others needlessly. Read More


Survey: Drivers Want Even Tougher Tests for Learners

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, July 14, 2017

How many of us have waxed lyrical about what it was like to get a driving licence back in the 'good old days'? It seems many of us have forgotten the pressure we faced as we sat next to the tester hoping and praying we did not make a critical mistake that would send us home without that coveted licence. So much so, in fact, that drivers responding to a recent survey are in favour of even tougher tests for learners. Read More


How Allergy Medicine Could Affect Your Licence

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, June 23, 2017

As an employer, you could conduct real-time licence checks on your drivers only to discover that one of them has a history of impaired driving. But what does that mean? Was that driver caught behind the wheel after drinking or taking illicit drugs? Possibly. But it could also mean something a lot more innocent. The incident in question could have been nothing more than driving after taking allergy medicine. Read More


Age and Ignorance Doesn't Excuse Fake Licence

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, June 09, 2017

If you have ever wondered whether a regular driver licence check is necessary for your company drivers, you need look no further than a number of recent news stories that show just what can happen when a person is caught driving without a proper licence. Read More


Avoid Serious Penalties with Regular Licence Checks

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, May 26, 2017

Do you drive as part of your job? If so, when was the last time you confirmed that your licence information is accurate? If you don't drive for work, perhaps you own or manage a company that employs people who do. When was the last time you ran licence checks on those employees? We ask for one simple reason: running regular licence checks can help you or your employees avoid serious penalties. Read More


Electronic Licence Checks: Minimal Impact from New Guidance

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, May 12, 2017

New guidance just issued by the General Medical Council should bring non-professional drivers more in line with their professional counterparts in terms of being healthy enough to drive safely. However, the guidance is not expected to impact professionals with HGV licences who are already required to undergo routine medical checks in order to keep working. The guidance also has only a minimal impact on employers who run electronic licence checks on their drivers. Read More


Sat Nav Proficiency Being Added to Driving Exam

Posted by: Fleet Licence Check - Friday, April 28, 2017

A few short years from now, completing a successful driver licence check on a younger driver will mean that person can safely and effectively use a sat nav while driving. Thanks to recent changes to the driving exam announced by the DVSA, new drivers will need to demonstrate sat nav proficiency to get their driving licences.

The sat nav requirement is just one of four new changes being rolled out from December 4th, 2017. The changes are intended to bring the driving exam more in line with 21st-century driving conditions. Government representatives have said they want to test to reflect changing driving conditions and behaviours.

Following a Sat Nav During the Test

Preliminary reports suggest drivers will have to be able to successfully follow directions provided by a sat nav device during the driving exam. Examiners will provide the device and position it so it can be used safely.

Examiners will set the course candidates are expected to follow. A candidate's only responsibility will be to drive while responding to sat nav instructions. If the distraction proves too much, it is possible the new driver will not pass the exam. The DVSA has not yet released details about how the sat nav portion of the exam will be scored.

Sat Navs are a Part of Modern Driving

The vast majority of our clients operate either large fleets or have a number of employees who drive company vehicles on a regular basis. They are already familiar with the concept of driving with sat navs leading the way. Still, we wonder how many drivers already licenced drivers could pass the sat nav portion of the new test.

A driver licence check of a current driver would not indicate experience with the sat nav device. The best employers can do is assume that their drivers can handle the distraction without compromising safety.

On a final and somewhat lighter note, we wonder what would happen if the sat nav device being used in the driving exam gave incorrect instructions. How many times have we read the stories about commercial drivers who got their lorries stuck under a bridge after following incorrect sat nav directions?

All of this notwithstanding, conducting a regular driver licence check on all your company drivers is important to the best interests of your company. We can provide those checks both efficiently and cost-effectively.

Sources:

BBC – http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39594852

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