Would you be surprised to learn that only one in ten drivers would tell their employer if they received penalty points on their licence whilst driving?
A survey by RAC Insurance has revealed just that. The survey also uncovered that nearly a fifth (18%) of all motorists wouldn’t inform their insurer if they acquired penalty points whilst driving, and 25% of motorists surveyed who already had penalty points, didn’t inform any organisation when they received them despite the fact that drivers are obliged to inform these organisations.
This can be extremely dangerous, the implications of not declaring penalty points could mean that their insurance policy is void and hefty penalties from the police. Should they be involved in a road collision or other incident they could potentially face further penalty points, unlimited fines and be disqualified from driving altogether, not to mention the risk to other law-abiding drivers.
RAC Insurance Director Mark Godfrey said; “Our research points to one of two likely scenarios: either motorists are simply forgetting to inform the relevant authorities when they receive points, or they are intentionally not telling them in order to keep their insurance premium lower.
“In either case, the result is hundreds of thousands of drivers on our roads who are effectively uninsured by default. This could have very serious, and indeed costly implications should they be involved in an accident, and could cause no end of problems should they need to make an insurance claim themselves.”
Employers have an obligation to make sure that anyone employed who is required to drive as part of their employment, whether in a driving role or simply driving to a meeting with a customer or even between sites on company business, has a valid licence and qualifications such as Driver CPC. Organisations should take a proactive approach to regularly checking drivers licences as there could be serious implications for the company if a driver is involved in an accident on the road and is found to be driving on company business where the relevant checks haven’t taken place.
This is made easy with dh Licence Check which is a fully accredited DVLA licence checking bureau that allows businesses to check the status of their drivers in real time. So regardless of whether your employees reveal their full driving history with you, you’ll always be in the know.