Concerns over the DVLA online licence checking system for fleets

How and when companies will be given access by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to an online licence-checking database looks increasingly unclear.

The DVLA told Fleet News it remains committed to developing an online portal for fleets to check if employees are eligible to drive.

However, with the removal of the paper counterpart from January 1, 2015, drawing ever closer, the DVLA’s ability to deliver a secure system for up to three million businesses is being questioned.

Malcolm Maycock, managing director of licence checking company Licence Bureau, believes the Government agency lacks the necessary experience or expertise to give businesses what they want. “It’s not what the DVLA was created for,” said Maycock.
“It was created for dealing with the individual, the end-user, to buy a tax disc, to get their driving licence and to register their car, something which it does brilliantly.

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