‘Laid bare loophole’ in licence laws?
This week the BBC news broke the story of the M1 fatal minibus crash "laid bare the loophole" where employers are not automatically told of drivers losing their licence.
Eight minibus occupants were killed in the crash in August caused by two lorry drivers - one of whom had lost their HGV licence 37 days earlier.
I don't know about you, but hearing that one of those drivers had lost their licence and this could have been avoided is chilling.
The problem with the current system
The problem is - the DVLA don't push out updates of changes to a driving licence. So EVEN IF you've checked a licence and that driver is then banned from driving - you may not find out about it until the next DVLA licence check.
The reality is it could be a long time before a driving licence is checked and we need better systems in place to get key road safety data into the hands of employers.
Lobbying for change
In my role as Technical Director of the ADLV (www.adlv.co.uk) I've been lobbying for this data to be available on a 'push' basis so that we can immediately notify employers of any drivers who should not be on the road.
It would be great to get your view of if you think this kind of information should be pushed out by the DVLA to companies who are checking those licences?
Let me know below by voting for the option you agree with below:
If you're interested in reading more about this incident, the sentences issued and how it happened here's the original articles: