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Fleet Driver Training

Driving is now recognised by the Government as being the most dangerous activity in the workplace.  There are an estimated 3 million company cars on the roads and roughly 1 in 3 will be involved in a crash each year.  With this in mind, driver training has now become a part of the employer’s duty of care to their employees and members of the public.  As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicles are being used and driven safely.  They must also be maintained to the manufacturer’s guidelines whilst being used for company business. 

One in three crashes on the road involves a company vehicle being used for the employers business and RTI’s (Road Traffic Incidents) are the largest cause of deaths at work.  A harsh fact is that there are 200 deaths and serious injuries every week involving a vehicle being driven on company business.  Evidence suggests that investing in defensive/advanced driver training may reduce blameworthy incidents by between 50-70% in the first 2 years. 

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) requires employers to provide a duty of care to their employees and the public through an active policy that will provide the safe use and maintenance of work articles.  Along with the Police, the government and independent agencies are working together to reduce the risks on our roads. 

This is where TiR Driver Training can help you.  Companies are legally responsible for the health and safety of their staff whilst they are driving.  Remember too that it doesn't matter who owns the car, the company is still responsible.  If you fail to show a duty of care towards your employees, you can face prosecution if there is an incident and so can your company directors and managers.

The rules further increased in 2007 with the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act which states (among other things) that:

An organisation to which this section applies is guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed or organised—

(1) causes a person’s death, and
(2) amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased.

It goes without saying that it is essential that companies ensure that all vehicles used on their business are driven by staff with valid licences, that cars are correctly insured, have a valid MoT (if applicable) and are serviced and maintained in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.

Finally, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires that Risk Assessments, monitoring, protection and prevention are carried out by the company and reviewed regularly.  Steps must be taken to ensure these risks are minimised once identified.  An umbrella training regime can be set in place through TiR Driver Training that will enable a continuous risk assessment and risk reduction schedule to be operated.  Please contact us for further information. 

Did you know that driving smoothly by using gentle and progressive accelerator and brake control can lead to fuel consumption decreasing by up to 20%?  Practice the technique and it will lead to a safer and smoother drive too.
In summary, with TiR Driver Training your company benefits could include:

Incident reduction of up to 70% through safer driving
Fuel savings of up to 10% through more efficient vehicle control
Less insurance claims from better driver observations
Insurance Premium reduction
Reduction of Corporate liability insurances
Lower repair & maintenance costs through smoother and more efficient driving
Better company image

Please Contact us for further information.