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ACFO approves news DVLA checking service

10 September 2014

Story from Fleet News

ACFO, the UK representative body for fleet decision-makers, is optimistic that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) new online driver licence checking service will meet with the approval of operators.

Those ACFO members who attended a private workshop to put the new system through its paces, were impressed by its ease of use, straight-forward navigation and functionality. They also suggested the following:

  • The ability to view a photo of the licence holder, their name and address, licence issue number and photo card expiry date.
  • An ‘alert’ as soon as a driver receives additional points on their licence so fleet managers don’t have to wait possibly months until the next electronic check to find out.

The DVLA has already confirmed that its online driver licence service will be initially free to fleets when it goes live to coincide with the abolition of the paper counterpart of the photocard driving licence by January 1, 2015.

Known as the Share My Driving Record (SMDR) web-based service, ACFO has worked closely for many months with the DVLA on its development.

ACFO chairman John Pryor said: “ACFO members hugely welcomed the opportunity to engage directly with the DVLA and view its new service and deliver their own feedback.

“The fact that the DVLA is engaging closely with ACFO and listening to members underlines the high profile the organisation enjoys across Government departments.”


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