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Driver Risk Management – Getting It Right

28 January 2020

Imagine this: your peaceful evening is shattered by a call from the Sales Director – one of the team has been in an accident coming home from a late meeting. The car’s probably a write-off and the driver is on the way to hospital, it’s not clear what their injuries are at this point.

Managing the aftermath of a serious road traffic accident (RTA) is horrible. Stressful, emotional, costly – in both time and money. By law, employers must have a policy and Driver Risk Management programme in place that ensures that all drivers are appropriately licenced for the vehicle they drive, that the vehicles are safe and roadworthy, and that work-related journeys are safe.

So is everything in order in your fleet? Figures from the IAM suggest that in 25% of businesses this is not the case. After that accident, could you provide evidence to the HSE?

Now, whilst a proper Driver Risk Management policy can’t prevent an accident happening, it can make it less likely. This is good news for compliance, and it will reduce costs in your fleet in all sorts of ways, but more importantly it makes the roads a safer place – for your drivers and for all other road users

Here are some key ingredients for effective driver risk management:

  • Develop a formal policy, document it, and review it regularly
  • Circulate the policy across all drivers, including your grey fleet
  • Collate and record data, and have processes in place to interpret the data and draw meaningful conclusions
  • Invest in targeted training – whether online, in classroom or in the vehicle, this makes an enormous difference

For more information, call us today on 01274 511511 or email drivewise@driverhire.co.uk

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