Motoring – Check Your Employees Driving Licences

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The Legal Aspects of Motoring in the UK

The legal aspects of driving a vehicle in the UK are quite clear, whether driving for pleasure or on business. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) requires that a vehicle owner or driver must fulfil certain duties before taking a vehicle on the public road.

The vehicle must:

  • be registered with the DVLA
  • display a valid vehicle licence disc (according to the appropriate vehicle excise duty (VED))
  • be appropriately insured (for private and/or business purposes)
  • hold a valid MOT certificate (if required)

The vehicle driver must:

  • hold the appropriate driving licence for the vehicle being driven
  • meet the minimum age requirements
  • meet the legal eyesight and appropriate medical standards

In addition, the DVLA must be informed if:

  • the vehicle’s registered keeper changes name and/or address
  • the driving licence holder changes name and/or address
  • any alterations are made to the vehicle
  • the vehicle is sold to a third party
  • the driver has any notifiable medical conditions (see Appendix C for details of DVLA medical regulations)

Failure to notify the DVLA of any of these changes can result in a fine of up to £1,000. Full details of vehicle owner and driver obligations can be found on the DVLA website.

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