Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that up to a third of all road traffic collisions involve an at work driver. Road safety teams can offer guidance to companies with the development of driving for work policies, driver assessments and driver related policies.
Many businesses mistakenly believe that as long as their drivers are driving vehicles which have a valid MOT certificate and the driver holds a valid driving licence, this is enough to ensure their safety and the company’s compliance with the law.
Health and safety legislation
However, health and safety legislation includes all work related driving activities. Therefore, companies must ensure they have effective policies and procedures in place to protect staff while they are driving for work and ensure that other road users are not put at risk by their work-related driving activities. Self- employed people have a similar responsibility to that of employers.
Work related crashes not only cost companies in terms of time, labour and resource but also cause heartache and cost to our communities. The benefits to companies and communities from managing work-related road safety can be considerable, no matter the size of the business.
How can we help?
Road safety teams can offer guidance to companies with the development of driving for work policies, driver assessments and driver related policies. Funding may also be available to assist in the delivery of work related driver training courses in some areas of the north east. For more information please contact your local road safety team.
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