ADLV predicts increase in electronic driver licence checks in 2016

Posted by AndrewT on 2nd Feb 2016

The Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) is forecasting that the frequency and volume of online driving licence checks will increase in 2016. In recent marketing campaign the ADLV encouraged Fleet Managers to move to quarterly driving licence checks from annual ones. Given the recent statistics highlighted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) that show 7,621 people are still driving with 12 points or more on their licence and a  further 36,000 motorists are on the brink of losing their driving licence getting regular and accurate data from the DVLA on the licences of employed drivers is essential. The frequency of licence checks should be determined by the risk profile of a driver. In the case of a driver with 9 points this may mean that the licence gets checked each month until the points are cleared. Whereas, a driver with a clean licence may have their licence checked just twice a year. Descartes SmartLicence enables organisations to configure the frequency of licence checks to the risk profile of each driver. The risk profile is based on the points on the licence and when licence categories expire. Partly as a result of the increased frequency and partly as a result of the abolition of the paper license counterpart in June 2015 the ADLV believe there will be a significant increase in the volume of electronic driving licence checks in 2016. The number of checks through the ADLV membership has been rising steadily over the course of this year it is expected that the total number will now increase to over 2.5 million in 2016, a growth rate of around 25% per annum. Commenting on the forecasts, Richard Payne-Gill Deputy Chair of the ADLV noted; “2016 will be a tipping point for commercial electronic licence checking as Fleet Managers, HR Executives and Risk Assessors now understand the real potential of frequent electronic checking.” Descartes Systems UK Ltd is one of the founding members of the ADLV.