What is a ‘Driving for Work’ Policy?
According to the RSA and the HSA, ‘Driving for Work’ covers any person who drives as part of their work either in a vehicle provided by their employer or their own vehicle.
It means that Companies are required to carry out an assessment of driving for work risks. Crucially, its means that all employees have been assessed to ensure that they have the skills for driving. Training must be provided on an ongoing basis, where necessary.
How does the law affect me?
As an employer, you have responsibilities under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
Under your ‘Duty of Care’, you are required to provide specific training to ensure that the driver is fully qualified and aware of his or her responsibilities.
Failing to implement a ‘Driving for Work’ Policy means that Directors may be prosecuted for a work-related road collision if it is proven they have not managed safety properly.
You need to ensure that all your drivers are assessed as soon as possible.
We currently provide a number of Ireland’s largest fleets with bespoke training to support them in maintaining a successful ‘Driving for Work’ Policy.
Fleets are missing out on substantial savings by ignoring a major factor affecting fuel economy: the driver.
The impact of training on driving style is clear, …drivers are more aware of other drivers’ actions and they have a greater appreciation of risk and are more focused on fleet efficiency
ISM ProDrive removes the risk and makes ‘Driving for Work’ easy
What can a successful ‘Driving for Work’ Policy do for me?
Drivers have the biggest single impact on Fuel Consumption and Safety in your organisation.
An effective ‘Driving for Work’ Policy ensures that you are doing everything you can to keep your employees safe while on the road.
It ensures that you are fully compliant as an employer under the rules as outlined by both the RSA and the HSA in managing driving for work safely.
While drivers are responsible for how they drive, you as an employer have duties in helping to make driving for work safer.
Reduced risk of work-related accidents
Reduced running costs such as fuel consumption and vehicle maintenance through better driving standards
Less downtime with fewer vehicles off the road for repair
Reduced stress, improved morale and job satisfaction
Benefits contract tendering and business development processes
The Business Case for Managing Road Risk at Work
The report clearly states the practical importance of Risk Assessment, particularly a Driver Risk Assessment and Training Programme. It is also a basic requirement of EU Legislation.
“One high-profile collision involving a company-owned vehicle bearing a company logo can have a long lasting negative impact on a company’s image. At the other end of the scale, being recognised externally for performing well in fleet safety can be an effective marketing tool”.