Driver licence checking company Licence Bureau has issued a five-point guide to ensure temporary drivers remain safe.
The launch of the plan comes as delivery firms are preparing to take on seasonal drivers to cater for a spike in online shopping orders in the run up to Christmas.
According to the firm, if couriers stick to the approach, new drivers should be able to keep compliant during the period.
The guide consists of the following advice:
“Just because companies are only employing new drivers for an 8-10-week period over Christmas doesn’t mean they should be tempted to drop their recruitment standards,” said Malcolm Maycock, managing director of Licence Bureau. “This should be used as a check list as it covers off all eventualities when employing a new driver, whether they are driving your vehicle or their own.”
He added: “Companies should have in the back of their mind the problems when things go wrong, such as the recent crash on the M1 where the driver allegedly had a revoked licence but was still driving a company vehicle. Stick to the plan and ensure that everybody has both a safe and Merry Christmas.”