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Distinctive Systems is pleased to announce a new integration between our industry leading Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system and leading online licence checking provider LICENCECHECK

Users of Coach Manager previously relied on a manual, paper-based document check but, with the abolition of the paper counterpart, operators needed a new approach to ensure legal compliance and reduction of risk for corporate liability in the event of an accident.

This new major enhancement offers operators the ability to retrieve and store full driver’s licence details directly into Coach Manager including contact details, category information, restriction codes, current endorsements and whether their licence or vocational entitlement is currently valid or has expired.  Operators can elect to either manually retrieve the licence details for an individual or group of individuals, or have Coach Manager automatically retrieve licence information on regular basis using a sophisticated scheduling system.

This update also sees further improvements made to the existing driver licence warning checks within the allocations and scheduling screens to ensure that the operations teams are not allocating a driver to a vehicle they are not entitled to drive.

Commenting on the partnership, Development Director Paul McJannett said: “We live in a digital age and the software update provided in partnership with LICENCECHECK gives a warning if a driver is not qualified to drive a vehicle; either if they don’t have a full and valid licence, or the correct licence for a certain job.  The system can also be configured to warn users if a driver’s penalty points are over a certain threshold. We’re delighted to offer our customers the most comprehensive licence checks on the market today, which compliments the need to secure passengers safety above all else.”

LICENCECHECK Managing Director, Richard Brown commented on the partnership saying: “Risk assessment and profiling should always be at the forefront of a Duty of Care policy for any company, especially when heavy machinery and the general public are involved. Distinctive Systems wanted a full, source record licence check that revealed any flaws or convictions for the driver on a real-time basis, thus reducing risk.  LICENCECHECK was able to integrate a real-time check that exposes any misdemeanours on the part of a driver, ensuring that only properly qualified and trustworthy drivers are used by Coach Manager’s clients.”

For further information please call Distinctive Systems on 01904 692269.

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