Electronic licence checking is increasing among fleets
By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 09:58
Increase to be expected when paper counterpart is scrapped
FOI figures reveal that electronic Licence Checking is becoming best practice for fleets
Freedom of Information statistics obtained by the ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification), reveal that there has been a considerable increase in commercial electronic checking of licenses by fleets.
The figures, obtained from the DVLA, record the volume of licence checks made through members of the DVLA’s EDECS Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service.
In the last three months of 2014, the statistics show that the volume of licenses checked electronically, by these organisations, rose sharply by more than 22% on prior year.
This represents an increase in the percentage growth rate on prior year by 34% over just one quarter. The total number of checks undertaken by EDECS users on behalf of UK fleets was in excess of 1.7M in 2014.
According to ADLV Member Richard Brown the figures reflect both the news that the paper licence counterpart is set to disappear and awareness that the ADLV has been launched to advance the cause of commercial best-practice for electronic checking.
“These figures are highly significant. They show that Fleet Managers are recognising that best-practice has changed and that electronic checking through a fully managed service from a professional third party is the right way to check driver entitlement
“We expect that these figures will continue to rise, especially as we get closer to the disappearance of the paper counterpart.”
The current list of ADLV members that fleet managers can contact should they require driving licence checks is a follows:
The AA, Admin Business Solutions, Chalcheck Ltd, Descartes Systems UK Ltd, DriveTech (UK) Ltd, Drivercheck Ltd., DrivingMonitor, Fleet Claims Administration Ltd, Fleet Partnership Solutions Ltd, GB Group plc., Jaama Ltd, Inchcape Fleet Solutions, Intelligent Data Systems (UK) Ltd, Interactive Driving Systems Ltd, Licence Bureau Ltd, Licence Check Ltd, and Pinewood Technologies.
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