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Drivers who escape a ban could cause a headache for fleet managers

Drivers with more than 12 points on their licence who escape a ban could create a headache for fleet managers according to fleet management software provider, CFC Solutions.

A driver was recently allowed to continue driving by pleading ‘exceptional hardship’, despite having 30 points on their licence. Magistrates sometimes decide against banning drivers if they believe it would cause them severe problems, such as a loss of job.

CFC managing director, Neville Briggs, said: “This is a fairly rare occurrence but it does prompt a question for fleet managers that could create a managerial headache – do you continue to employ a driver with more than 12 points because they represent a risk to your company and, also, would it be legal for you to dismiss them?”

Out of tens of thousands of company car and van drivers checked using CFC’s Licence Check software, three had more than 12 points.

Briggs added: “Probably the best way for fleet managers to circumvent this problem is by writing something into employee contracts stipulating that there is an option to dismiss an employee if they rack up more than 12 points.

“If you continued to employ a driver who racked up, for example, 15-20 points and that person then caused a serious accident, you would probably be on shaky ground from a duty of care point of view. That person is a known high risk.”

Author: Andrew Brady


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