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Genuine: Illegal licences are a growing menace for businesses and drivers need thorough checks

Commercial van fleets should look to have their employee’s paperwork in order, as thousands of UK workers are on the road illegally, statistics from the Licence Bureau suggest.

The company, which verifies driving licences on behalf of businesses, says there are approximately 24000 business drivers on the road that should not be.

This is based on the statistic that 3 in every 1000 licences verified by the company are illegal, and there are around 8 million people entitled to drive for work in the UK.

Chief executive of the Licence Bureau, Malcolm Maycock said: “Time and time again we see drivers that have made false statements to their employers about their licences.”

Of the non-compliant drivers, the Licence Bureau found that 43% were using a provisional licence, 31% had been driving on a revoked licence and 9% were disqualified.

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