Essential managing driving licence checks

Gentoo Housing Group

This social housing client in Sunderland operates a large fleet for its property repairs and maintenance service, with directly employed vehicle drivers. Together with our client, Gentoo Group, we reviewed the range of fleet support functions and found that a number of processes administered by the client could be done more efficiently and cost effectively by Essential Fleet Services.

We have transferred these functions to Essential and have reduced our client’s back office overhead costs. We've also helped to free up Gentoo staff to focus on their core business activities and housing customers.

Services now fully managed by Essential include carrying out, recording and reporting vehicle drivers’ licence checks.

Driver Check

Essential has supported Gentoo to introduce a robust process and system to conduct licence checks in view of the new law and introduction of on-line licence checking via the DVLA and the abolishment of the paper licence counterpart which accompanied the photo ID card.

entoo are benefitting from the partnership arrangements we have put in place with Driver Check - an independent company offering an online driver licence checking service tailored to our customers' specific requirements. Through this service, we're checking the licences of 450 LCV and HGV drivers for Gentoo, freeing up their resource from a manual and labour intensive process and offering peace of mind.

The service is managed proactively, from the initial contact with drivers to obtain their consent for checks through to informative management, reporting which highlights any areas of risk or concern. Recommendations are made for any actions or interventions to address any issues, according to any driver offences identified, which may include driver education programmes, as part of Gentoo's Duty of Care policy.

More about Essential and housing associations

Essential Fleet Services has supplied light commercial vehicles on contract hire, with and without maintenance, and fleet management to the public sector for over 30 years. This includes providing fleet procurement and maintenance services to numerous housing organisations including:

Derby City Council Housing
New Linx Housing Trust (Now Waterloo Housing) (Lincolnshire)
Rykneld Homes (North East Derbyshire)
Alliance Homes (Portishead)
City West Housing Trust (Manchester)
First Ark Housing Group (Liverpool)
Gentoo Group (Sunderland)
Chesterfield Housing
Hounslow Homes
West of Scotland Housing Association
Vale of Aylesbury Housing

We currently supply in excess of 1000 light commercial vehicles and a range of heavy commercial vehicles to housing organisations across the UK. The vehicle fleets come from all the major manufacturers who supply the market and feature a full range of bespoke fitments relevant to the operational services provided to end users.