At-work driver safety standards questioned

28th January 2015

At-work driver safety standards questioned

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is asking all businesses that have staff with at-work driving responsibilities to heed the call to apply best practice for training and safety.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig commented: "Employers, and those awarding any contracts which put vehicles on the road, have a duty of care to all other road users to ensure that road safety is a top priority 24/7."

He added that as such, the IAM is now adding to its manifesto that UK health and safety regulations should be extended to include people driving for business. The organisation hopes this beneficial improvement will be considered for future policy approval by the main political parties.

Research carried out by the IAM in 2014 revealed how almost three quarters (72 per cent) of individuals who currently drive for work purposes have been offered no training at all from their employer regarding safe driving practices. This is despite 42 per cent of respondents stating they would welcome such a move.

In addition, government road safety figures show that between 2008 and 2013, a total of 3,493 people were killed in accidents on the UK's roads involving a driver/rider driving for work.  Overall, as many as one in three accidents involve at-work motorists every year.

"This is a problem that people conveniently sweep under the carpet. It simply isn't enough to give an employee a vehicle and send him on his way as a representative of your organisation – there is too much at stake," Mr Greig concluded.

The IAM suggests ISO 39001 accreditation is something all companies with at-work drivers should now aim to achieve, as it demonstrates how their drivers have met some of the highest safety standards for both training and practice.