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UK recruitment agency Pertemps has uncovered invalid driving licences being used by about a dozen people after contracting fleet solutions company Jaama to verify the licences of 1,000 employees and thousands of agency drivers, according to fleetworld.co.uk.
The company is using Jaama’s electronic driver entitlement checking service (EDECS) to replace its previously laborious manual licence checking process.
The comprehensive Jaama driver licence checking service starts with a signed three-year mandate being completed by the employee giving permission for the checks to be carried out. Once the on-line checks are completed, EDECS provides alerts to fleet decision-makers on all licence issues that are uncovered. The licence check data is then held against the driver record in the customers’ Jaama system along with other risk-related information such as accidents and training history.
Since introducing EDECS, which links seamlessly to the DVLA’s database, Pertemps has discovered invalid driving licences were being used by about a dozen people.
One employee was dismissed after it was uncovered he had previously had his driving licence revoked by the DVLA. Typically most other occurrences are caused by an innocent oversight by the driver such as a change of address or failing to surrender their licence within 28 days after receiving an endorsement. These have resulted in the check revealing a revoked licence.
Pertemps undertakes annual checks on all "at-work drivers" licences, although staff with six points undergo six-monthly checks and those with nine points have quarterly checks.
Having introduced electronic driver licence checking among its own employees – 560 company car drivers and around 340 own car drivers and 100 other staff eligible to drive – and agency drivers, Pertemps is checking the licence validity of thousands of other drivers as:
- The company expands its own pool of agency drivers with those looking for work having DVLA validation checks undertaken at branch level
- The company offers the service to clients to check the validity of their own full-time drivers’ licences and other temporary drivers
- The EDECS service is incorporated within Pertemps’ wholly-owned subsidiary MIDAS (Mileage Input Data Access System), a fuel and journey management system, which was initially developed in-house.
A third phase of development will see driver licence checking being offered to clients as an additional management service with phase four being expansion of the initiative to MIDAS customers.