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Close Brothers Motor Finance urges dealers to prepare for driving licence changes

CEO Close Brothers Motor Finance James Broadhead

Close Brothers Motor Finance is urging dealers to plan ahead for the paper counterpart driving license withdrawal on June 8.

The transition will see the traditional paper counterpart replaced with two new online services - ‘Share Driving License’ and ‘Access to Driver Data Service’ (ADD) - that will enable drivers to share their driving license details with third parties electronically.

Share Driving License will allow drivers to generate a PDF containing a one-time access code so their information can be shared, whilst the ADD service will offer real-time access to driving license data.

Chief executive of Close Brothers Motor Finance James Broadhead (pictured) said: “It’s understandable that some dealers may be feeling unsure about the removal of the paper counterpart driving license.

“Of the dealers we’ve talked to, many are concerned that online checks will create additional administration, whilst others are worried that the new requirements will slow down the sales process as not all customers will have the information they need for the checks to hand, such as their national insurance number.”

“Our eclick system will help to reduce stress for our dealer partners when it comes to finance deals, as customers that pass the check won’t be affected.

“Dealers still need to be aware of the new systems and should take the time to ensure that all members of their team are up-to-speed on the changes in order to minimise any disruption when it comes to managing the license checking process for test drives and courtesy cars.

“Our sales team will be there to support our dealer partners as they familiarise themselves with the new systems.”

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