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Genuine: Illegal licences are a growing menace for businesses and drivers need thorough checks



Thousands of workers in the UK are on the road illegally, suggest statistics from the Licence Bureau.

According to the company, which verifies driving licences on behalf of businesses, there are approximately 24,000 business drivers on the road that should not be. This is based on the fact that three in every 1000 licences the company checks are illegal, and that there are around eight million people entitled to drive for work in the UK.

Malcolm Maycock, chief executive of the Licence Bureau, said, “Time and time again we see drivers that have made false statements to their employers about their licences.”Of the non-compliant drivers, the Licence Bureau found that 43% were using a provisional licence, 31% were driving on a revoked licence and 9% were disqualified.

Your company car policy should include provision for checking the licences and vehicle entitlement of those who drive your vehicles or who drive their own on your business. See our business car law section for some tips.