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Licence to check?


Launched in the autumn, Driver Hire’s online licence checking system is catching on fast, helping customers avoid any nasty surprises at roadside checks.

Three Driver Hire offices have all reported instances where customers have had drivers out on the road who’ve had their licences revoked. “In each case they’d photocopied the paper counterpart. This contributed to them being caught out; in one case by deliberate fraud, one by human error and one because of excessive admin,” says Sophie Mason, Driver Hire’s Commercial Development Manager.Sophie Mason

Checking driving licences is a legal obligation for all businesses that require employees to drive as part of their job. For transport managers it’s doubly important. Under European legislation, employees driving without a valid licence is one of the Most Serious Infringements (MSIs) operators can be convicted of, putting their ‘O’ licence at risk and seriously affecting future career opportunities. 

All of which makes the arrival of Driver Hire’s ‘dh licence check’ perfectly timed. Using Driver Hire’s ‘at a glance’ online system gets rid of all this hassle, saves both time and money, removes human error and provides a fully reportable audit trail, should this be required. The service automatically provides a comprehensive update. Including information on licence categories, restrictions, endorsements, expiry dates, conviction dates, disqualifications and much more. It can also be configured to align with a company’s policies and procedures including frequency of checks and how infringements are classified.

“We decided we needed a secure, easy way for us to check our employees’ licences. Driver Hire definitely provide that,” says Adam Tucker from STE Waste Management. “The system is easy to use and once set up, automatically checks the validity of your employees licence’s at the frequency of your choice. The costs to us are minimal, especially compared to the peace of mind it gives us. The support is excellent – as always with Mike and his team at Driver Hire Stockport. A highly recommended service!”


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