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One in five fleets fail to recheck driving licences

Date: 10 August 2010

One in five fleets is failing to regularly recheck driving licences after carrying out an initial check.

According to market software firm CFC, around a fifth of companies that have undertaken checks using its Licence Link software do not have any plans to see if the status of their drivers has changed - notably by gathering more penalty points - even though advice from ACFO is to recheck every six months.

Neville Briggs, managing director at CFC, said: "There is varying guidance on how often driving licences should be rechecked with the DVLA. ACFO recommends every six months but we recommend that if a driver has a high number of points - eight or more - then their employer should be running a check much more often, perhaps every month.

"However, what has surprised us is the relatively high number of fleets who appear to be treating driving licence checks as a 'once only' exercise. They use Licence Link once, take account of the results but then have no structured plans to rerun the check. It is a worrying trend and, in all probability, a duty of care failing."

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