One in five fleets fail to recheck driving licences
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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