Fleets warned to watch out for revoked licences
17 May 2019
Author: Sean Keywood
Businesses have been warned to keep on top of driving licence checking after new figures revealed a rise in the number of drivers having their licences revoked.
The warning comes from Licence Check, which quotes DVLA figures showing that in the last four years there has been a 33.5% increase in drivers losing their licences under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995, and a 29% increase in licences being revoked or removed for medical reasons.
The number of drivers with 12 or more penalty points on their licence is also on the increase, having risen by 1.6% between July last year and March this year.
Licence Check general manager Terry Hiles said: "Employers should be increasingly concerned by the growing number of drivers having their licences revoked and the increase in the numbers amassing more than the 12-point maximum over the last four years.
"Companies need to be increasingly on their guard to ensure that they are not employing drivers who have had their licence revoked in the last year or have exceeded the 12-point disqualification ceiling."
According to Hiles, the upward trends mean a robust and focused process to identify and properly manage work-related road risks is needed.
He said: "These latest figures confirm that licence checking and risk assessment are an essential part of any company's armoury under various pieces of duty of care legislation.
"Regular checks, with the frequency dependent on the risk profile of the drivers concerned, are of fundamental importance to a company's security and wellbeing."