At least a third of road deaths and a quarter of serious injuries are from crashes involving someone driving for work – whether it's a company car driver, a professional driver of a commercial vehicle, or someone driving their own vehicle on company business. In all these situations, the employer has a duty of care to ensure the driver and vehicle are safe. However, while some companies have comprehensive policies and practices to safeguard road users, others do not, sometimes with horrendous consequences.
What needs to be done?
Organisations with employees who drive for work can help make our roads safer by managing the risks. This includes policies to prevent dangerous driving behaviour, such as banning all use of phones at the wheel, and requiring regular rest breaks. It includes driver assessments, training and education on safe driving, and monitoring incidents that involve staff to address causes. It includes using the safest possible vehicles, rigorously maintained, and fitted with safety features, such as telematics to monitor speeds, or reversing cameras to combat blind-spots. It includes making fewer at-work journeys by road, using teleconferencing or trains instead.
However, the government can take action too. Brake believes companies should be required by law to report fatal or injury collisions to the Health and Safety Executive – as they are already required to do for other safety matters that cause far fewer casualties – and face prosecution and stiff penalties if poor safety management is found to be at fault. We also need greater investment in commercial vehicle roads policing.
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