A big proportion of crashes are thought to involve 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 do what they can to ensure the driver and their vehicle are safe. But while some companies have comprehensive policies and practices to safeguard company drivers and other road users, many more are failing on their duty of care responsibilities, sometimes with horrendous consequences.
What needs to be done?
Companies with employees who drive for work should have comprehensive policies and procedures to manage and reduce the risks their staff face and pose to others when driving for work. This should include:
- having policies that prohibit dangerous driving behaviour, such as banning all use of phones at the wheel, and requiring regular rest breaks;
- minimising at-work journeys by road, such as by using teleconferencing or trains to get to meetings;
- monitoring incidents involving their staff to address problem issues;
- running driver assessments and tailored training and education on safe driving, and ensuring drivers understand they should always put safety first;
- using the safest possible vehicles, rigorously maintained, and fitted with the latest safety features, such as telematics to monitor speeds, and the latest devices on trucks to eliminate blind-spots.
Brake believes companies should be required by law to report any fatal or injury collisions involving their vehicles to the Health and Safety Executive, as they are required to do on safety matters that cause far fewer casualties. Companies should also face prosecution and stiff penalties if poor safety management is found to be at fault for any death or injury on roads, but this remains rare. We also need greater resources invested in roads policing, and enforcement of truck and bus safety rules (carried out by VOSA).
What you can do
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