Driver and Road Safety Policies
Many organisations require employees to drive as part of their duties. This may include the use of company vehicles or their own transport in connection with their employment.
The responsibilities of employers extend beyond ensuring that company vehicles are maintained, taxed, insured, have a valid MOT and that drivers hold a valid driving licence. The law places duties on employers under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Road Traffic Act 1988 and Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations where employees drive as part of business.
Official figures show that 20 people are killed and 250 people suffer serious injuries every week in road traffic accidents involving someone driving as part of their employment. Research by the Department for Transport reveals that one in four of all road traffic incidents involve somebody who is driving for work purposes.
Where police investigations identify that management failures have contributed to an accident, the business may face enforcement action including prosecution in the criminal courts. In civil claims the employer may be liable for negligence by an employee committed during their employment. This may be significant where an employee’s insurance is invalid due to the absence of business cover.
It is vital that work-related road safety policies are part of the Employer's Health & Safety Policy Statement. The Policy must be in writing if there are five or more employees.
How can we help you?
At Nockolds Solicitors we are able to help your business meet its legal obligations by creating and implementing an individual road safety policy to take into account the demands and needs of your business. We will ensure that policies are drafted proportionately in order to balance the level of risk against the measures needed.
For more information about driver road safety policies and how we can help you, please contact a member of our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Team on 01279 755777.