Free audit for all new members:
Brake and Applied Driving Techniques have joined forces to offer you a free audit about duty of care and policy compliance worth over £1,000 when you join Brake Professional.
Your duty of care around fleet compliance
Up to 1 in 3 road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work. Of these, 200 people will suffer death or serious injuries. Yet the consequences are not limited to serious injury or death: a third of those injured in road traffic incidents will take more than a week off work. In fact, a UK business driver covering 25,000 miles per year has a 1 in 8,000 chance of being killed at work – that’s a similar occupational risk level as faced by coal miners and agricultural workers!
Work-related driving doesn’t simply refer to business meeting trips. An ‘at-work’ journey can include travel to training sessions, conferences and celebratory events which means that at-work drivers aren’t just your salespeople, delivery drivers and service engineers. In the absence of the traditional Fleet/Transport Manager, responsibility can be shared between Office Managers, Occupational Health Professionals, HR Departments and Facilities Managers, and it’s essential that they are not only aware but, crucially, take the necessary action.
Employees who drive their own vehicles on work-related journeys are part of the ‘grey fleet’ and estimated to be two million strong in the UK alone. In the eyes of the law, there is no distinction between grey fleet cars and company fleet vehicles.
Every Employer wants their employees who drive for them on company business to get home safely each and every night and it is employers who have clearly defined legal responsibility to undertake the required compliance and risk reduction activities to fulfil clear statutory duty of care related obligations.
The serious consequences of failure
All employers have a clearly defined duty of care, both towards their staff who are driving on company business, and towards members of the general public with whom their staff may come into contact with.
Driving at work can be classified as a high risk business activity, and there is a clear legal obligation placed on the employer to provide a standard of reasonable care by assessing and minimising the risks involved. Companies not only need to consider prevailing common law duty of care requirements placed upon them but the relevant statutes, including the: Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act (2007) and Health and Safety Offences Act (2008).
If this duty of care is breached and the employer is found to be non-compliant, they will be exposed to serious consequences. Employers will be subjected to a fine for non-compliance, the fine guide is 10% of the employers’ annual company turnover, plus they will be subject to a negative publicity order. Both of these things may have a serious impact on the future viability of the business.
Saving money as well as saving lives
Driving for business is associated with around 30% of all deaths on UK roads, and may be the most dangerous activity an employer ever asks staff to undertake on its behalf. This places a lot of responsibility onto the employer, especially as the effects of vehicle-related incidents are felt far beyond the road.
Any crash, however small, can also lead to enormous financial consequences; at-work road crashes cost UK employers an estimated £2.7 billion each year.
Work hours are lost by the driver involved, as well as any supporting staff and managers, creating a big impact on operational efficiency.
Road incidents are a significant contributor to long-term sick leave, as a result of whiplash injuries, emotional trauma and stress suffered. In the case of the very worst road incidents, fatalities and serious injuries can lead to your business losing staff permanently.
Money and time is also lost in dealing with insurance excess payments and rising premiums, as well as organising vehicle recovery and maintenance services.
Your comprehensive Compliance Audit (and Analysis Report) will tell you:
- Precisely how your business fleet is performing in terms of safety compliance
- How you compare with industry standards and current best practices
- Any weaknesses or areas of exposure in your current approach
- Recommendations for future actions, giving you a better understanding of how to make significant improvements which will potentially help you realise a 30% to 40% reduction in accident rates in the first year as well as much safer employees and improved in fuel economy