- Mike Penning, running for re-election in Hemel Hempstead, visited Licence Bureau before Dissolution of Parliament
- Mike was instrumental in setting up Licence Bureau’s Road Safety Week sessions in the Dacorum area in his former position as Minister of State for Transport
- Licence Bureau has quadrupled employee numbers and opened two additional offices since becoming part of the constituency in 2007
Mike Penning, running for re-election as an MP for Hemel Hempstead, has visited Licence Bureau’s offices in the Hertfordshire town to discuss existing road safety and compliance issues.
Finding time before his busy General Election campaign began, Mike made his fourth visit to the fleet licence checking and compliance company.
In his previously-held role as Minister of State for Transport, Mike was instrumental in Licence Bureau delivering interactive sessions to schools in the Dacorum borough, notably Kings Langley School, as part of Brake’s Road Safety Week, with over 1,800 sixth-form students in the community educated face-to-face on key road safety messages since 2013.
Mike was keen to pay another visit to Licence Bureau to see how it’s working towards ensuring absolute compliance – headed by new Compliance Manager Katie Swingler – for its varied client base. He also viewed new on-site offices, complementing new premises for Licence Bureau’s software programmers in Aberdeen that has seen the number of employees increase from 8 in 2007 to 36 in 2017.
The increasing focus on overall health and safety has seen Licence Bureau spearhead new initiatives and technology to keep abreast of new challenges. This includes the number of Grey Fleet drivers – those who use their own vehicle on business – being added to its award-winning compliance portal, which has tripled since 2007.
In the same period, the number of annual licence checks carried out by the UK’s leading independent licence checking provider has increased nearly tenfold. In 2007/8, it performed just over 53,000 licence checks, rising to 535,000 in 2016/17.
Licence Bureau’s Managing Director, Malcolm Maycock and Mike have already discussed future issues should he be re-elected as an MP for the fourth time, including data security and working closer together with the DVLA.
“It was fantastic to welcome Mike back to Licence Bureau; a lot has certainly changed since his first visit. We owe a lot to Mike, who has been extremely supportive of the business and the long-term goals of what we’re trying to achieve, including engaging with the drivers of the future in our Road Safety Week sessions,” commented Malcolm.
“I’m extremely proud to be associated with Licence Bureau’s continued efforts to improve road safety in the Dacorum region and throughout the UK. In my role as MP, it’s incredible to see how they’ve tackled a growing number of road safety challenges,” added Mike.
“As a vital source of employment in Hemel Hempstead, I hope to have the opportunity to continue working closely with Licence Bureau to ensure our roads remain safe for all users.”