Why check employees’ driving licences?

  1. All employers have a duty of care to ensure any employee that is required to drive on behalf of the company is correctly licensed and entitled to drive.
  2. The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 – organisations that require employees to drive as part of their work must monitor their employees’ entitlement to drive and verify driving licences.
  3. Section 87 (2) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 – makes it an offence for a person to cause or permit another person to drive a motor vehicle of any class on a road if that other person is not the holder of a licence authorising him to drive a motor vehicle of that class.
  4. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Guidelines on Driving at Work strongly recommend that drivers’ licences are checked when they first drive on behalf of the company and periodically thereafter.
  5. Employees driving without a valid licence may invalidate company insurance.

Licence fraud and honest mistakes are a fact of life. Therefore it is vital that DVLA issued licences are verified with the DVLA.

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