A company running a fleet has a duty of care towards its drivers and all other road users and a legal requirement to manage any risks involved in their working activities
Running a fleet – if not done properly – can be a legal time bomb, and we can’t stress enough how vital it is that you (a) understand what’s expected of you/your company/your drivers, and (b) know what to do in order to fulfil these obligations.
The most dangerous thing many people do at work is drive. Up to one in three road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work and it is estimated that there are around 200 work-related deaths or serious injuries on the roads every week. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates the costs arising from ‘at-work’ road traffic accidents to be in the region of £2.7 billion per year.
Carrying out a “risk assessment” does not have to be tedious, time-consuming or expensive, and could protect your business from being liable for costly personal injury claims.
At Fleetdrive we specialise in helping small and medium fleets, typically up to 50 vehicles, and we understand that risk management is not something you can afford to take up too much time and resource with. Our practical approach can help you to make the biggest improvements in safety with the minimum effort.
Following our simple 4-step plan will dramatically reduce the risks you expose your employees and yourself to while driving at work.
- Know the basics
- Review your company car and van policy
- Check the Driving licenses of all your drivers. Fleetdrive offer clients a comprehensive service where you receive a report every 3 or 6 months (tailored to your requirements) showing the current status of all your employee licenses, including number of points accumulated.
- Carry out Driver risk assessments
If you would like to use our expertise please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help. We can also provide you with our useful Fleet Guide: Your Legal Responsibilities. Ask for details.