Are you up to date on your driver safety responsibilities as an employer?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Transport (DfT) recently published updated guidance on work-related road risk (WRRR) for employers and workers.
The regulator explained that “The gig economy and the increasing use of personal vehicles for work purposes – the so-called ‘grey fleet’ – has created some confusion over where responsibility for legal compliance lies.”
This is a part of Health & Safety law that not all employers are aware of – that the use of personal vehicles can also come under the employer’s responsibility. So, now is the time to refresh your knowledge of your legal responsibilities when it comes to driver safety, to make sure you avoid preventable accidents and costly prosecutions.
The reality of poor driver safety (Source: HSE):
With the current nationwide driver shortages now up to 100,000 vacancies, it is more likely that employers or drivers will take unnecessary risks to meet demand. But this can prove incredibly dangerous.
So, what are your legal responsibilities as an employer?
You must manage Health & Safety risks to workers who drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle, other powered two-wheeler or bicycle on the road as part of a work activity – this includes employees and anyone engaged to work for you in the gig economy, such as:
What are some of the risks?
Risks that can cause harm to the driver or rider, passengers, other road users and/or pedestrians when driving for work include:
What happens if you don’t meet your legal responsibilities?
It could be incredibly costly for your business if you don’t make sure you’re meeting Health & Safety law. Prosecutions could lead to significant fines, custodial sentences, driving bans and/or revoked operator licences.
For example, in 2020, a company found guilty of failing to effectively manage fatigue for their employees driving for work was fined £450,000 and ordered to pay £30,000 costs after two men lost their lives in a motorway collision.
How do you protect drivers?
As part of your Health & Safety arrangements, you must take certain measures, including:
These are just some of the actions you should be taking. Have a look at our transport-specific guides to find out more.
How we can help
Our Health & Safety experts can help you make sure you’re meeting your legal obligations when it comes to driver safety. From creating Health & Safety policies to completing risk assessments, we have the tools to keep you compliant and keep your drivers safe.
If you’re an existing client of ours, please call 0345 844 4848. If you’re not already a client of ours, please call 0345 844 1111 to find out more.
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