The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)has launched a Driver Licence Checking Service in partnership with Licence Bureau, an authorised, independent supplier of driver licence validation services.
By enabling the regular checking of driving licences, the new arrangement is designed to help fleet operators meet their duty-of-care obligation to ensure employees are on the road legally.
The service also helps companies to meet the accreditation scheme’s D1: Licensing and Qualificationsrequirements, which states that “operators shall ensure that licences and qualifications of all drivers (including agency drivers) are checked using a risk-based verification system that directly accesses the DVLA database. This should be done prior to a new driver starting and then at least once every six months thereafter.”
Unlike the DVLA’s basic licence information service, the FORS alternative does not require the employee to provide access for each check because the system completes the task automatically, saving fleet managers time when checking licences regularly. The system also notifies the user of any exceptions required and allows the user to add actions and thus provide the audit trail required for compliance checks.
Companies can request a free quote for the service from the FORS website (www.fors-online.org.uk/cms/licence-checking-service), with preferential rates available for FORS members.
Paul Wilkes, business services manager at FORS, said: “Regular, appropriate and risk-based licence checking is an important part of the FORS Standard, and we are delighted to be launching this opportunity with Licence Bureau, to offer FORS members this crucial service at a discounted rate.”
Malcolm Maycock, managing director of the Licence Bureau, added: “We are delighted to be working with FORS to help members accurately process and manage driver licence checks, keep records up to date, and improve the overall safety of their fleets.”