Real-time driving licence checks

The recently launched Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV) is now working closely with the DVLA on a new digital service for fleet customers to check driving licence data in real-time. Subject to licence holder consent, the new secure digital web services technology will enable ADLV members, and other organisations meeting DVLA requirements who sign up to the service, to perform 24/7 real-time licence checks for the first time. The new system, which is scheduled for launch in early 2015, will also enable faster batch processing of licence data. Ultimately, it is intended that the new service will replace the DVLA’s current Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service (EDECS) system, which is used by members of the ADLV to provide secure driver licence information to many UK fleet operators of all sizes across UK industry. Fleet users of the service will also continue to have…

Are your drivers legal?

// Many drivers face a fine of £1,000 if they fail to update their photo-card driving licences, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. It started issuing photo-card licences 15 years ago and more than 30 million drivers now have one. These are usually valid for 10 years and there is a legal requirement for drivers to renew the photograph at the same time as they renew their licence. However, two million drivers have failed to do this. And this means they could be fined up to £1,000 should they be pulled over by the police, who then discover that the photo and licence is out of date. Even failing to notify the DVLA that you have changed address could be costly. Victoria Ford from the DVLA believes the reasons for updating the photograph on your licence are clear. “Appearances can change and…