Many small and medium-sized companies are “refusing to acknowledge” that the need to be checking work driver’s licences.

“They just won’t accept that they have an active safety responsibility towards their fleet in a legal or ethical sense,” said CFC Solutions boss Neville Briggs. “Part of this appears to be a recessionary mindset – that they don’t have time to focus on anything other than their core activity – but part is also down to what you might describe as denial. They don’t think that it will happen to them.”

Briggs said there is a resistance from employers who view licence checking and the adoption of risk management procedures as an “administrative and costs burden that they cannot afford in tough economic times”, but claimed the promotion of a “safety mindset” can have financial benefits from insurance costs to reduced wear and tear.