Anyone owning a fleet that relies on employed drivers (like trucking companies) or customer drivers (such as car rental agencies); needs to constantly reconfirm that the person getting behind the wheel possesses a valid driver’s license. This is true from the point of view of road safety, insurance and vicarious liability. More and more, we are a litigious society, with business owners increasingly liable for the actions of their employees and customers. Legal outcomes indicate that owners are expected to take preemptive action to eliminate risks before they arise. The costs of not acting preemptively can be ruinous as companies are discovering in terms of accident costs, insurance costs, legal liability and corporate image.
In some jurisdictions, anyone discovered driving without a valid license is subject to vehicle impoundment. This action is a costly consequence for car and truck rental firms who operate in a tight, competitive market. Revenue can be lost for as long as 60 days. Insurance premiums, legal fees and other significant costs to reclaim vehicles impact the bottom line – every day!
Based on a recent study of Ontario statistics it has confirmed that an alarming number of unlicensed drivers continue to operate motorized vehicles on our roads and highways.
Studies have also shown that unlicensed drivers are one of the primary sources of theft.
Some of the factors that cause a legal change to driver eligibility or class status are: