Fleet Management and the Law
It is estimated that a quarter of all road traffic collisions involve someone driving for work. I understand that these statistics exclude drivers commuting to and from one place of work. If you are driving to meetings or different places of work then you are driving as part of your work.
This is a staggering number of incidents in terms of people injured whilst driving as part of their work. It is also has a financial burden which will impact upon business. In hard cold facts it represents lost productivity and extra costs in managing the knock on effect post incident.
By effectively managing work related safety you can reduce the risk of your drivers becoming one of the 25%. You can reduce the risk of your drivers being injured, reduce work related ill health and stress.
If you have staff who drive their own vehicle for work related journeys then they are also driving for work.
The law makes clear that employers must ensure, as so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees whilst at work. This includes the health and safety of anyone driving on behalf of your business. For example, account managers or delivery drivers. You must also make sure that others are not put at risk by your work related driving activities.
As far as reasonably practicable needs to be considered. What is reasonable and practicable for a national company employing many staff may not be for a sole trader. However, the expectation is you should consider the potential risks to your employees from their work activity and the measures you can put in place to manage and reduce these risks.
Doing nothing is not a sensible option. It will not discharge any liability you may have if things go wrong. Inaction will not prevent accidents from happening. Proactive and proportionate risk management will reduce risk.