Road Safety Policies for Businesses
Official statistics released by the Department for Transport (DfT) indicate that more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time. Further research by the Health and Safety Executive shows that up to 20 people are killed and 250 seriously injured each week in road traffic incidents involving someone driving for business purposes.
Businesses and employers can face investigation and potential prosecution for road traffic collisions involving their employees. Police attending road traffic collisions record details on whether the driver was engaged on business. During subsequent investigation enquiries may focus on the driving conditions and road worthiness of the vehicle, the driver (including tiredness, general health and eyesight), document matters (such as driving licences and insurance) and the purpose of the journey and distance driven.
In such circumstances police investigations can focus on company road safety policies. Where the police identify that serious management failures have been a significant factor in the incident, employers can face prosecution.
Employers are strongly advised to develop road safety and driver policies to ensure employees are informed of the relevant law and to ensure that their road safety policies include detailed rules and warnings to ensure that the latest Highway Code and other best practices are adopted.
It is essential that businesses have clear and manageable policies in place which are able to adapt to new business opportunities that may arise.
Nockolds Solicitors is able to assist business in understanding their legal responsibilities and to help devise tailored systems that promote and protect the health and safety of staff and other road users.
Please contact our Motoring, Transport and Regulatory department if you require a robust road safety and driver policy that will help your business.