Commercial motor: The abolition of the driving licence paper counterpart

The DVLA confirmed on 22nd December 2014 that as part of the Government's Red Tape Challenge initiative, from 8 June 2015, the DVLA will no longer issue the paper counterpart to the photocard. From this date onwards all paper counterparts will no longer have any legal status. The only legal source for confirmation of penalty points and endorsements thereafter will be the driver record held by the DVLA.

As many businesses have historically relied upon viewing physical documents, as part of their driver risk management programme, the changes give organisations a long overdue incentive to fully reappraise and address driving licence checking.

This whitepaper assesses what the changes mean for organisations' driver risk management policies and data validation techniques.

Topics covered:
• The importance of carrying out employee licence checks.
• How can licences be checked?
• What is EDECS and how does it work?
• Utilising good quality data to mitigate against legal risks and liabilities.