Licence Bureau is celebrating checking its three millionth licence as it continues to see fleet compliance raise its profile on the corporate agenda.

According to DVLA data Licence Bureau’s volume of licence checks moved from two million to three million checks between June 2016 and February 2018 (20 months). Its previous growth from one to two million checks took 35 months and its first million a decade.

There have been a number of contributing factors including the substantial reduction in licence checking fees, the ability to source results immediately and the introduction of convictions online only.

The current biggest contributor is the imminent arrival of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation on 25 May. Its requirement to ensure consent, enable employees to access their own data and retention of data means outsourcing this process is much more cost effective.

A rise in the number of checks made by each fleet annually and the increase in new companies aiming for greater fleet compliance have also contributed to its business growth.

“A combination of legislation and education has meant that compliance is now higher on company agendas of all sizes than ever before. This has accelerated us hitting the 3m licence check landmark,” explained Malcolm Maycock, Licence Bureau’s managing director. “We are now just waiting for the DVLA to give the industry its final guidance in March 2018 which will help us get employers ready for the 25 May GDPR deadline,” he added.

Licence Bureau has also recently appointed Adele Batsford as its first ever full-time compliance manager to coincide with the countdown to GDPR. She has been working with clients to answer questions and resolve issues around GDPR, as well as helping create new contracts, processes and procedures aligned with their ISO27001 procedures.

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