Are you looking after all of your company drivers?

Occupational driving is covered by both Health & Safety legislation and the Corporate Manslaughter Act, so here are a few key things to consider:

  1. Do you have a Company Drivers Policy in place?
  2. Have all (yes, ALL) of those driving for your business seen and signed up to it?
  3. Have their licences been verified?
  4. Are all vehicles roadworthy and fit for purpose?
  5. Have all drivers been assessed for risk?
  6. Have at-risk drivers been trained or offered training?

You can see immediately that driving for work is not something to be taken for granted or ignored. As an employer, you simply have to address the key issues concerning occupational driving.

In 2011, over 1,750 people were killed whilst driving and nearly 600 of these were whilst driving for work. That’s at least 2 people killed and 30 seriously injured every single working day. When you compare these stats to those concerning fatalities and injuries incurred in other industry activities, it is clear that driving for work is the single riskiest thing that anyone will do for their employer.

So where to start, if you haven’t already done so? The best place is to look at the policies and procedures that will underpin what the industry refers to as Driver Risk Management (DRM). DRM Policies and procedures help to provide your drivers with clear guidance and have been proven to reduce your business’ liability in the event of a court case.

For businesses which either don’t have this material in place, or need to refresh their current guidance, it’s important that you seek advice and use measures that are sufficiently robust to withstand scrutiny in the event of an accident.

Take driving licence checking. This can only be done using DVLA data and not simply by a visual check of the paper and photo card elements. If you’re only doing the latter, you’re at the risk of being negligent.

It is important to remember that investing in DRM provides a substantial return and significant benefits across your business, including:

  • Reduced on-road incidents and improve safety for company drivers
  • Reduced costs associated with running a fleet – fuel, servicing, repair
  • Increased residual value of your fleet
  • Lower insurance premiums through fewer claims
  • Enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Duty of Care measures
  • Even improved staff morale, wellbeing and performance

Every company is unique and a DRM strategy should be tailored to suit each company. All businesses should seek expert advice to help find the best and most cost-effective DRM programme for them.

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