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Licence checking 'is not enough'

FLEET operators who fail to include licence checking as part of an employee's terms of contract are rendering the process void, leaving room for unfair dismissal claims.

At a recent road safety conference, held by the Fleet Safety Forum, the majority of fleet managers attending said they completed licence checks on their drivers. However, only 5% said it was included in the employee's contract.

Speaking at the conference, David Faithful, practice development manager at solicitor Amery-Parkes, said: 'If implementing a policy, you must include it in the employment terms otherwise an employee could refuse the licence check.

'If drivers refuse a licence check, you can't dismiss them. There is also a risk that if the insurance company discovers drivers have an incorrect licence, the insurance may be invalid.'

Faithful says at a recent Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) conference only four delegates from 120 included licence checking in the empl-oyee terms of contract.

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