Employers: DVLA to abolish paper counterpart driving licences – what you need to do.

Employers are required to ensure that anyone employed to drive on company business has the right valid driving licence and qualifications, and repeat checks should be carried out at least annually.

From 8 June 2015 paper counterpart driving licences will not be valid and will no longer be issued by the DVLA.

Currently it is the paper counterpart that records endorsements and penalty points but the DVLA is developing a new digital enquiry service that will enable employers to view the information that the counterpart currently shows.

Until that is launched, which will be later this year (date to be confirmed) there is an existing DVLA service that will confirm the validity of a licence, the categories of vehicle that the driver can drive, whether there are any current endorsements and whether the driver is disqualified. There is a £5 fee for this service and it does require the consent of the driver.

Further information is available at https://www.gov.uk/employing-people-to-drive

Posted by: Clare Nicolaou Employment lawyer,  Novalex Solicitors

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