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Hide and Seeking Driver Safety

Health and safety at work should also include drivers on work trips, a road safety organisation spokesman has said.

A quarter of all crashes involve people driving as part of their job with thousands killed and injured on our roads every year, warns the TTC Group, which educates 330,000 annually to improve their driving and reduce casualties.

But many bosses don't include work journeys as part of corporate health and safety practices, says Adrian Hide, who advises companies on work related road safety with TTC DriverProtect. "Many businesses are very good at ensuring their staff are well looked after under the company roof or on a work site but forget that company vehicles are also part of the workplace.

"They must check that drivers are not speeding because of onerous work commitments, not driving when tired and documents are up to date and that includes company owned vehicles as well as the individual's own car, if they use it for work."

The 'grey fleet' where people use their own cars for work was one of the biggest risks for employers, says Hide. Grey fleet vehicles are usually older and employers often relied on drivers to be responsible for maintenance and legal compliance.

Organisations that manage work related road safety have fewer collisions, low insurance premiums and a fuel efficient fleet, Hide also claims.

Picture: Adrian Hide says organisations should seek advice on staff driver training to avoid embarrassing motor claims

Article written by Robin Snow

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