Hire companies warned they won't be able to access DVLA licence check this weekend

Hire companies are being warned they will be barred from accessing some of the DVLA’s licence checking services this weekend while essential maintenance is carried out.

The View Driving Licence and Share Driving Licence services will be unavailable from 9pm on Friday 25 September until 7am on Monday 28 September.

In an email from the DVLA to affected users, it said: “During this period, the Department for Work and Pensions systems which integrate with DVLA will be unable to verify National Insurance (NI) numbers.”

Customers’ NI numbers are needed in order to generate check codes for hire firms.

The DVLA said its premium line and contact centre will continue to operate during the standard opening hours to provide drivers, companies and employers with a checking and confirmation service.

A DVLA spokesman insisted there would be minimal disruption to companies because check codes can be generated up to 21 days in advance.

However, Nic Evers, director at Salford Van Hire, said it had been frustrated with the checking service ever since it moved online and disagreed that the maintenance work would be hassle-free.

“At the weekends we provide a lot of vans for removals; we can have up to 200 separate hirers on Fridays,” he said.

In July DVLA extended the licence check validity period after criticism that the then limit of 72 hours wasn't long enough for businesses.

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