Change is afoot when it comes to licence checking. As of early April, the DVLA’s overnight Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service (EDECS) has terminated operations and is now fully replaced by the real-time Access to Driver Data (ADD) system.
DVLA argues that the benefits of moving to the new system are not limited to cost. The ADD system allows for quicker, more accurate data retrieval.
However, many third-party licence checking providers are thought to have been ill-prepared for the switchover, meaning that the licence check data they now possess may not stand up to insurer scrutiny.
When picking a licence check provider, enquire as to how long they’ve been using the ADD system for – if it’s as recent as the last couple of months, the chances are that they’re not as familiar with the process as you might think. The best providers will have been using it for the best part of a year.
In addition, make sure that the provider is verified by the Data Protection Register, so that you can be sure you’re receiving independently-checked data.
Your business is exposed to fines and prosecutions through using inadequately-licenced drivers. As such, it’s important to be confident that the licence check system or provider you use is adequate enough to protect you from that risk.