For most people, driving is the most dangerous activity undertaken whilst at work. Every week, it is estimated that 20 people are killed on the UK roads in a collision that involves somebody who is working at the time. Companies who use vehicles at work need to ensure that the vehicles themselves are in good working order and that the drivers know how to use them safely.
Fleet Driver Training is advanced training designed to help to reduce accidents, insurance premiums, fuel costs, stress, and downtime of company vehicles. Every single work related road collision can cost a company money in terms of repairs, insurance costs, down time for both vehicles and employees, bad publicity etc.
Our DVSA approved Fleet instructors can provide both Fleet assessments and training for all of your employees, from cars and vans right up to LGV and PCV drivers. Even if driving isn't an employees main duty, they will still greatly benefit from fleet training if any part of their job involves driving a vehicle, of any size.
There are many reasons to implement fleet training to your drivers as part of their training regime, with the most important in our view being improved road safety and reduced risk of accidents - it has been shown that drivers who have regular assessments and training become safer, more considerate drivers.
Our fleet training packages also cover vehicle checks and vehicle sympathy which creates reduced wear and tear of your vehicles - better drivers and regular vehicle checks can avoid breakdowns and downtime of your vehicles.
Fleet training can also raise the profile of your company and your drivers - companies with a good safety program have found it is a good advertising tool for attracting customers and let's be honest, its never a good advertisement seeing a company vehicle involved in an accident.
Another great benefit of regular fleet training is the savings. You can save fuel, save money, save time and save the environment - Some of our customers have reported immediate cost savings of up to 30% in addition to savings made from deceased insurance premiums, less vehicle downtime, and time saved by better routing.
Our fleet driver training packages can also include eco-driving training which is endorsed by the Energy Savings Trust (you will receive certificates for each driver that we train, which can include details of how much fuel and carbon usage you can reduce).
Lastly, but maybe one of the most important from your companies point of view is the minimised risk of corporate manslaughter lawsuits brought against you - by putting into place a regular driver assessment and training package such as the ones we offer, you can help to satisfy the needs of your 'duty of care' in relation to corporate manslaughter and health and safety requirements for your drivers. Thus minimising the risk to you and your company of possible lawsuits that could cost your company thousands.
There are many laws and legislations that cover companies and workers relationships and responsibilities, however the most applicable ones to workers who drive as part of their duties are briefly outlined below:
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 requires you to ensure, so far as is reasonably practical, the health and safety of all employees while at work. You also have a responsibility to ensure that others are not put at risk by your work-related activities. This applies to every size of business, including the self-employed.
Under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, you have responsibility to manage health and safety effectively. You need to carry out an assessment of the risks to the health and safety of your employees, while they are at work, and to other people who may be affected by your work activities.
The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 further reinforced the above legislation. Under the Act, employers have a Duty of Care to ensure the safety of employees driving for work purposes.
The revised legislation makes it easier to prosecute companies for manslaughter following a work related death. Companies that are prosecuted under this Act are highly unlikely to face a fine of less than £500,000 no matter how small they are, according to the Sentencing Guidance Council.
The Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 raised the maximum penalty that can be imposed by the lower courts, for less serious offences, from £5,000 to £20,000. This legislation applies to all work-related driving (though not commuting), whether in a company vehicle or one that is privately owned.
Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007
If you run a fleet of vehicles , of any size, the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 applies to you. You have a responsibility to make sure that all vehicles are in a roadworthy condition and that your staff are suitably trained in the use of their vehicle.
The consequences of not ensuring that your drivers are suitably trained can be serious, recently an employee of a company was killed whilst at work, the company was fined and subjected to a publicity order, whilst the company director was also fined £183,000.
Under this new act, it is now easier to bring about prosecutions in the event of a death. Previously, a single individual needed to be at fault to ensure a successful prosecution. The new act now allows prosecution for gross failures in the management of health and safety within a company as a whole.
For more information on the act click here.
To help companies become more compliant, we have produced a list of top points that will help firms fulfill their duty of care:
For more details or for help with any of the above please contact us.
The fleet driver training offered depends greatly on the individual needs of the client. However, as a guide, we normally offer assessments and training on:
You will receive an evaluation report to help you stay compliant with The Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007.