FORS launches driver licence checking service with Licence Bureau

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FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has launched a driver licence checking service in partnership with Licence Bureau, the first FORS Affinity Partner.

Affinity Partners provide FORS branded products or services which add value by enabling operators to comply with legal or contractual requirements and/or improve on safety, emissions, security and operational efficiency. 

Licence Bureau is the first such partner to provide FORS members with a new service to help meet licence checking requirements – the FORS driver licence checking service which will help fleet operators manage requirements around risk-based licence checking, ultimately ensuring they are running a legal and safe workforce. 

Companies can request a quote for the FORS driver licence checking service from the FORS website, with preferential rates available for all FORS members.

FORS requirement D1 Licensing and qualifications states that operators shall ensure that licences and qualifications of all drivers (including agency drivers) are checked using a risk-based verification system that directly accesses the DVLA database. This should be done prior to a new driver starting and then at least once every six months thereafter.

However it is also important that drivers immediately report endorsements and disqualifications (of both driving and vocational licences) to their manager so they can be recorded.

Paul Wilkes, business services manager, FORS said: “Regular, appropriate and risk-based licence checking is an important part of the FORS Standard, and we are delighted to be launching this opportunity with our Affinity Partner Licence Bureau, to offer FORS members this crucial service at a discounted rate.”

Employees who drive on company business must have the correct licence categories and qualifications, and may require additional certifications depending on the vehicle type.

Malcolm Maycock, managing director of Licence Bureau, said: “We are delighted to be working with FORS to help members accurately process and manage driver licence checks, keep records up to date and improve the overall safety of their fleets.”

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