Paperless Drivers

Licence Bureau boss Malcolm Maycock considers the demise of the paper part of the driving licence

We might not have quite achieved the much–vaunted paperless office but the paperless driver hits the roads from June. Centralised computer records and automatic number-plate recognition has seen the number of drivers being asked to ‘present their documents at the station’ drop to virtually none.

Now the DVLA has confirmed that from June 8, 2015 it will no longer issue paper counterparts to driving licences and those in circulation will no longer have any legal status. Many of you will be asking what this means for business.

Well, as we all know, every employer has a duty of care to ensure anyone driving on their behalf is entitled and qualified to drive. Section 87(1) Road Traffic Act states:

  1. It is an offence for a person to drive on a road a motor vehicle of any class otherwise than in accordance with a licence authorising him to drive a motor vehicle of that class.

  2. It is an offence for a person to cause or permit another person to drive on a road a motor vehicle of any class otherwise than in accordance with a licence authorising that other person to drive a motor vehicle of that class.

The driving licence counterpart abolishment means visual inspection of the documents is no longer an option. As a result, employers need to consider the options going forward and provide a secure solution that is robust, efficient and importantly delivers data security as well as compliance.

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