People who drive for work are 40% more likely than other drivers to be involved in a collision.
Driving for work involves risk not only for drivers, but also for fellow workers and members of the public such as pedestrians and other road users, who share the road space. People who drive for work have a higher collision rate than the general driving population, even after their higher mileages are taken into account. As an employer or self-employed person, you have a legal duty to manage the risks that employees face (and create for others) when they drive for work.
Drivers of company cars, vans, buses and Heavy Commercial Vehicle (HCVs) are more likely to take risks and to be at fault when a driving incident occurs.
Employers and self employed people should have a system of routine daily checks in place to ensure that vehicles are in good working order, safe and fit for purpose.
Almost all road collisions involve human error, ranging from simple mistakes to deliberate dangerous and illegal behaviour. Every year people are killed in collisions in which someone was careless, reckless or in a hurry.
First, you should look at your current health and safety procedures. Do they cover your responsibilities as an employer for driving for work? Remember, you need to have a suitable driving for work management programme as part of your overall system for managing health and safety at work in your business.
1. Develop a bespoke Policy specific to your organisation.
2. Risk Assess your driving for work Hazards.
3. Design your safe systems and put them into practice.
4. Measure your safety performance.
5. Review your safety performance.
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