The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) phased out the paper counterpart and began only issuing the photocard driving licence on 8th June 2015. The decision to eliminate the paper licence stems from the government’s Red Tape Challenge, and is aligned with the government’s recent abolition of the paper tax disc in an effort to digitise driver records and cut through bureaucratic red tape. The government estimates that phasing out paper licences will save drivers about £8 million in reduced fees.
What does this mean for employers?
As a business owner or manager, you must verify whether your employees who drive for work need to use a tachograph, have a valid licence and possess the proper qualifications. Failing to do so could generate a £1,000 fine for the motorist and expose you to liability for any injury, damage or death caused by your employees driving with an invalid licence while working.
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