Online driving licence checks will 'improve road safety', claims government

The move, which is part of the government’s pledge to reduce red tape, means that when employers need to check employees’ driving entitlements or endorsements, they can now consult online DVLA records directly, with the permission of the driver.

“Replacing the counterpart with an online service will save motorists money and reduce unnecessary red tape,” said transport minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. “It will also benefit employers and vehicle hire companies. Relying on the counterpart meant relying on a potentially out of date piece of paper. Now, when the driver chooses to share it, those organisations will be able to see completely accurate information direct from the DVLA’s records. This will reduce their risk and improve road safety.”

To view their driving record, individuals can now go to the government website. From here, it is possible to generate a check code, which drivers can pass on to employers where necessary. Employers can then redeem the check code.

The changes apply to GB driving licences only. Driver licensing is a devolved issue in Northern Ireland.

To help employers use the new service, the DVLA has created a step-by-step guide. Checks can also be made by phone, again with the driver’s permission.

Lorry or bus drivers with a licence issued by an EU member state and registered with the DVLA will no longer get a counterpart. Instead, they will receive a confirmation of registration document (D91.

Source: Health and Safety at Work


Post date: 08 Jun 2015

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