One in four company drivers “at risk from employers’ failures to protect them”

Driving for Better Business have created an interactive Driving for Work Policy Builder to help fleet-using companies better address their legal responsibilities. More than a quarter of UK firms recently surveyed*, whose employees drive for work, have no policy, and more than a quarter have not reviewed their policy in the past three years.

Driving for work is statistically the most dangerous activity employees undertake. Up to a third of all road traffic incidents involve someone who is driving for work at the time – accounting for some 500 fatalities and almost 40,000 injuries a year. All reputable employers must have a driving for work policy that will stand up to scrutiny in the event of a crash. The law requires all those who drive on the public highway to be adequately and appropriately insured. This means that any person driving, even occasionally in connection with their employer’s work, must be covered for ‘business use’.

With the new, free, Driving for Work Policy Builder, being launched today (30 April) by Driving for Better Business, companies can use a template to create a legally compliant document that can be adapted to their own needs and shared with all employees.

Why companies need a driving for work policy:

  • It is a legal requirement: the law says all companies must have policies and procedures to minimise risk – and that includes the recognised risks around driving. In the event of a serious incident, a company must be able to produce documentary proof that the organisation has taken reasonable steps to protect drivers and other road users.
  • It makes good business sense. Poorly managed drivers will cost companies more: higher insurance, increased servicing and maintenance costs, more speeding tickets and greater fuel use.
  • It is the right thing to do so that staff and other road users get home to their families safe and well at the end of each day.

Driving for Better Business – an award-winning programme run by National Highways – spotted a rising trend in online searches where users were looking for guidance on safe operation of employees out on the road. Proof of a driving for work policy that meets legal and compliance standards is also increasingly becoming a requirement when tendering for new work.

Simon Turner, Campaign Manager for Driving for Better Business says: “Our Driving for Work Policy Builder has the potential to deliver a huge positive impact on how employers think about driver safety – especially those, and there are many, that currently have no driver policy at all. It will help employers create, review, and update their own policy and it will cover all the key relevant risks for managing policies, drivers, vehicles and journeys. With a template and checklist, it covers all the key risks of most fleets, and can be adapted to individual companies.”


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