Fleet Solutions

If your employees drive as part of their job, in a company or privately owned vehicle, have you considered how the business will be affected if a member of staff has a crash, is seriously injured, or even killed?

National research shows that on average 65% of all company vehicles will be involved in a road incident over the next twelve months.

Average repair costs following a collision range between £750 and £4,500 per claim. This can have a considerable impact on your business not only due to financial loss, but could affect staff morale and be detrimental to the reputation of the company.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force in April 2008. The Act sets out a new offence for convicting an organisation where a gross failure in the way activities were managed or organised results in a person's death.

This has been bolstered by the Health and Safety (Offences) at Work Act in January 2009 (which gives magistrates the power to impose a fine of up to £25,000 and impose a custodial sentence of up to six months to employers and employees). Courts will look at management systems and practices across the organisation, providing a more effective means for prosecuting the worst failures to manage health and safety properly.

As an employer, manager or supervisor you have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of all employees while they are at work. Health and Safety law applies to on-the-road work activities in the same way that it does all other work activities.

In the event of a fatal collision police will check that managers haven't made excessive demands on employees by asking them to drive while tired, or without suitable breaks. Company policy should also reduce the need to make long journeys by road by combining alternative forms of transport such as rail and air.

Work related road safety should be entrenched in company policy. Many thousands of people drive for work each day, and the new laws will help to safeguard them against the dangers they face on the roads whilst driving for business.

By introducing driver training for your staff you could see:-

A potential reduction in insurance premiums depending on previous claims record, fleet size and composition at a time when insurance premiums are rising.

Reduced running costs, vehicle down time and environmental impact through better driving standards e.g.. fuel consumption improvements and reductions in wear and tear on tyres, brakes and clutches.

Improved business performance through fewer missed orders and time for more business opportunities.

A lesser chance of key employees being banned from driving, or away from work due to injury.

An improved public image. Damaged vehicles do little to inspire confidence, especially if they have the company name on them.

 

Devon Travel Academy offers the facility to improve the performance, efficiency and effectiveness of public and private driving fleets.

For further information and to discuss your requirements then please give us a call on 01392 444773 or email us drivers@devon.gov.uk