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DVLA's licence check hope

Date: 17 June 2009   |   Author: Tristan Young

The DVLA is understood to be looking at new ways of helping fleets carry out licence checking, following the agency's decision to shelve the web-based checking system earlier this year.

The DVLA is re-examining its licence checking services following a wave of negative publicity, according to ACFO.

Commenting on the future of licence checking, Ieuan Griffiths, DVLA finance and strategy director, said: "Nothing is planned in terms of reinstating the online checking system. But we do, from time to time, discuss different ways of providing the information." The Swansea-based agency blamed the cancellation of the web-based system on cost cutting.

Speaking at the time, a DVLA spokesman said: "The introduction of the online Driver Licence Check service has been postponed but the Agency continues to operate a range of alternative products for the checking of driver entitlement through telephone, paper and electronic channels.

However, it has now come to light that the system would only have taken one licence check at a time. A spokesman said: "The online system via the web was aimed at any business that had a reason to check a licence, such as a delivery firm that wanted to check a new employee's licence.

"It was to have been a single submission system, it would not have taken bulk submissions."

The most likely option now is thought to be that the existing Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service (Edecs) will be opened up to more users.

BusinessCar's sources claim the issues that need to be overcome with Edecs are the set-up costs for a business and that it can only take a minimum of 200 requests at a time.