Ebbon-Dacs buys Licence Check in strategic acquisition
Oxford-based online solutions provider Ebbon-Dacs has made a
strategic acquisition with the purchase of fleet driver licence and compliance
specialist Licence Check for an undisclosed sum.
Derby-based Licence Check, which recently celebrated its 10th
anniversary, was established in 2008 by managing director Richard Brown, and
claims to be one of the UK’s leading licence checking businesses, carrying out
hundreds of thousands of online driver licence checks per annum.
The company works with both private and public sector
customers, including end user fleets, vehicle leasing and rental suppliers,
transport and logistics companies and coach and bus operators, providing
real-time driving licence checking solutions.
The company is also a founding member of the Association for
Driving Licence Verification, the trade body for driving licence checking
More recently, the company’s range of customer services has
been expanded under the Driver and Vehicle Information Solution brand, DAVIS, a
cloud solution to help manage driver and vehicle fleet compliance including the
Richard Brown and commercial director Terry Hiles along with
all existing staff, will remain with the business, which will continue to be
based in Derby following the acquisition.
Ebbon Dacs director Robert Pilkington said the acquisition
“made perfect business sense for both companies”.
He said: “Our strategy is to remain solely focussed on
providing online solutions that help connect the vehicle leasing community. Our
principle investments will be in new capabilities for our fleet vehicle
purchasing and mobile logistics platforms, while continuing to build up our
more recent fleet compliance systems area.
“DAVIS, coupled with our own latest mobile technologies is
the means by which we plan to offer our customers the best platform in this
important health and safety area for both end-user fleets and our many
customers who provide to these fleets.”
Fellow director Craig Gibbin said: “Licence checking, risk
assessment and compliance will assume an ever increasing significance, not just
for company-owned but privately-owned vehicles, to ensure that duty of care
requirements are being met in terms of both driving licence and vehicle
Mr Brown welcomed the new relationship and said there were
“significant and exciting opportunities going forward and Ebbon-Dacs will allow
us to accelerate our compliance services further”.
He continued: “Ebbon-Dacs wanted to move into the driver
compliance business space and saw our DAVIS solution as the most advanced
technological solution on the market by a mile.
“We are also very
impressed with Ebbon-Dacs’ technology platforms which are complementary to our
own, as well as their existing mobile applications which we see as a great
opportunity for future development both here in the UK and in Europe.”