Waste transport operators will be able to bulk check their drivers’ licence statuses after the New South Wales Government launched the new NSW Driver Licence Check system.
The Driver Licence Check went live on 4 July and will streamline the previous system to enable operators to check multiple licences and demerit point status at one time.
According to the NSW Government, the system will simplify the checking of employee licence and demerit information by reducing the processing associated with the task, while at the same time improving road safety. It will allow operators to engage in proactive compliance and initiate early intervention. Users can systematically check the status of up to 1,000 employees at a time, replacing the previous laborious task of checking each person’s licence individually.
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed changes after sustained lobbying for transport companies to have the ability to confirm whether employees and contractors driving their vehicles have an appropriate and valid heavy vehicle licence.
“Being able to confirm licence validity on an ongoing basis is an important step forward from a safety perspective and demonstrates the Government’s willingness to work with industry on practical measures that will improve safety and efficiency on our roads,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.
“Similarly, the changes in regards to ‘real-time’ demerit point status will ease the administrative burden on many transport operators and will help strengthen heavy vehicle safety.
“Having seamless regulatory arrangements for such things as licence checking is needed to drive both productivity and safety outcomes, and is critical to underpinning the efficient movement of freight across state borders,” he added.
Companies wishing to register for the NSW Driver Licence Check system can do so through the Roads & Maritime Services website.