Ambulance company Rapid Response Medical Group has begun using the Davis platform from Licence Check to automate its driver licence checking processes.

Rapid Response has a fleet of 58 medical vehicles, mainly converted Renault Masters, along with 11 cars and two vans, but currently has a further 55 new vehicles, mainly MAN box chassis conversions, on order to cope with growing demand.

For this reason it is also recruiting around 20 new staff a month, and previously relied on manual licence checking systems via the DVLA, but found these too time consuming, labour intensive, costly, and prone to error.

Rapid Response director of ambulance and clinical services Mitchell Johnson said: “The idea that manual licence checking systems are cost and labour saving is a total misconception. We have switched from a manual system to the Davis platform and have been extremely happy with it.

“We like its ease of use, the fact that its fully automated and we can set our own risk policy within the system. It’s also cost-effective and labour saving, while another USP is that we receive great support and help from Licence Check staff, which is free of charge as it’s all part of the package.

“We also like the daily email alerts which are part of the exception reporting dashboard to highlight areas where we need to take management action.

“As Davis has worked so well for us, we don’t hesitate to recommend it to clients such as NHS Trusts as, being a very technologically aware business, we believe it’s a gold standard way of working.

“We are audited by the CQC and the NHS on a regular basis to ensure we meet compliance standards, so we wanted a robust driver licence checking system that we could rely on, and Davis has provided exactly that.”