Driving for work

It is estimated that between 25% and 33% of road accidents involve someone who was driving for work. This means between 555 and 740 people died in work related road crashes in the Great Britain in 2009.

The true financial costs of road accidents to organisations are nearly always higher than the resulting insurance claims. HSE research into workplace accidents (The Costs of Accidents - HSG 96) suggests that, for every £1 recovered through insurance, between £8 and £36 may be lost via uninsured costs.

Road accidents can also have a negative impact on staff morale and can damage an organisation's image.

 

 

RoadSafe’s Driving for Better Business campaign aims to develop and co-ordinate a network of business champions to promote and share good practice in fleet and driver management to improve safety and prevent deaths and injuries caused by vans and cars used for business purposes.

Driving for Better Business is part of the Department for Transport's Driving for Work road safety strategy. It is supported by the Think! public information campaigns and the Health and Safety Executive's direction on Work Related Road Safety.

More than 50 companies, including Tesco.com and BT are involved. Find more on the Driving for Better Business site.

Toolkit for Managers

The Business Driving Toolkit, is a new online solution that allows businesses to simply and yet comprehensively manage their duty of care towards employees who drive for work

Designed for use by HR departments, fleet managers, senior management and transport managers alike, it addresses the Health and Safety Executive requirement for a corporate risk assessment.
 

More information

A study carried out for the Commission for Integrated Transport by the Motorists Forum in 2005 concludes that:

  • this is an area where some employers have already achieved remarkable reductions in accidents through the introduction of relatively simple measures;
  • there is a strong business case for employers to improve safety in this area;
  • and there is ample advice on good practice which will help employers achieve major improvements.

Other websites

ORSA: The Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ORSA) aims to raise awareness of work related road safety and to encourage businesses to manage road risk more effectively. www.orsa.org.uk

DfT Safety at work:  http://www.dft.gov.uk/drivingforwork/

The DfT THINK campaign has a number of resources available on it's website.  http://www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/campaigns/drivingforwork/employers.htm

 VFRM: The Virtual Fleet Risk Manager (VFRM), helps organisations manage their road safety strategy effectively by 'Creating a Crash Free Culture'. www.vfrm.com

SafeWorkers: Focuses on workplace safety, including driving at work. http://www.safeworkers.co.uk/DrivingAtWork.html