Abolition of paper counterpart will improve road safety, says LICENCECHECK

The abolition of the paper counterpart undoubtedly presents a short term challenge for companies, but in the longer term, will encourage better practices for firms that require access to driving licence data, according to LICENCECHECK managing director Richard Brown.

This in turn, will improve road safety: “A small minority of drivers who have been using altered or forged counterparts are finally going to be exposed and taken off the road which should improve road safety for other drivers and members of the public,” commented Richard.

“Using technology to provide real-time data to employers about entitlement, validity, disqualifications, and endorsements would seem to be just another logical step to tighten the noose around those individuals determined to flout the law.”

He added that, for companies, the abolition of the paper counterpart presents a real opportunity for those charged with the management of vehicles and drivers: “It’s the perfect chance to review their current procedures and ensure they remain fit for purpose and commensurate with the perceived risks to their drivers and other road users.

“In many companies compliance has traditionally been seen as an unwelcome inconvenience to be dealt with at a junior level as cheaply as possible,” observed Richard.  “In some organisations this culture will remain unchanged.  Our own experience, however, has been that the abolition of the counterpart has actually elevated driver and vehicle compliance to boardroom level – much to the delight of fleet and operations managers.”

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About LICENCECHECK

LICENCECHECK was founded in 2008 and has established itself as a leader and innovator in the licence verification industry. LICENCECHECK founder and managing director Richard Brown, has spent over 30 years working in various sectors of the motor trade before developing the LICENCECHECK brand.  LICENCE CHECK Ltd is a fully registered member of DVLA Electronic Driver Entitlement Checking Service (EDECS) and a founder member of The Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV). LICENCECHECK’s customer service satisfaction is rated at 4.9 out of 5 by its customers.

In line with the company’s growth strategy LICENCE CHECK has again seen a huge growth in business during Q1 of 2015 by 345% over 2014, while it has recently appointed a new commercial director, Terence Hiles, to help manage growth in current services and new product lines.

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Using technology to provide real-time data to employers about entitlement, validity, disqualifications, and endorsements would seem to be just another logical step to tighten the noose around those individuals determined to flout the law
LICENCECHECK managing director Richard Brown