Association For Driving Licence Verification (www.ADLV.co.uk) has welcomed moves by Northern
Ireland’s DVA (Driver & Vehicle Agency) to conduct a review of its upcoming
online licence verification service to ensure best-practice. The decision to
initiate the review, followed an approach by the ADLV which represents the
licence checking needs of the UK fleet industry.
the processes adopted and developed by the DVA are designed to provide a
licence verification service to third parties. As part of a recent
Transformation Programme by the DVA, initial steps were taken to implement a
new Driver Licensing IT system. This would roll out a range of service
enhancements including, in later phases, the new online licence checking
system. The proposed online system would in many ways be similar to the
electronic version of DVLA data currently offers through ADLV members. However,
until the new system goes live, the DVA will continue to rely upon its current
paper-based mandate system.
to add electronic NI data to their existing DVLA data files, the ADLV sought to
ensure that accessing the upcoming online data file is fully streamlined and
free from any unnecessary administrative hurdles. The Initial discussions
between the DVA and ADLV have focused positively on how possible it might be to
replicate the system used by the DVLA, albeit there is a recognition that this
could vary given the differences in scale between the two operations.
Thornton Sales Director of ADLV member, AA DriveTech (www.drivetech.co.uk) welcomed the move saying, “We are very heartened that
the DVA has been receptive to the checking industry's concerns and are to
review the upcoming system against best-practice criteria. We fully appreciate
the challenges that the DVA's current, manual service creates in terms of
resourcing and scalability and are keen to support then with the implementation
of a new electronic offering.
creating a service similar to the DVLA's this would significantly reduce the
DVA's operational costs and more importantly improve both access and checking
frequency for fleets. In addition, by supporting more frequent online checks,
it will also make a valuable contribution to road safety.”