Under the new Road Traffic & Health & Safety at work Act 2008 plus the new Corporate Manslaughter law introduced in April 08, employers have a duty of care to ensure the safety of employees driving for work purposes.
All Companies, large or small, are directly responsible for the safety of all employees. This includes the use of all company vehicles during normal working hours. If you use any vehicle at anytime during working hours for your business then you are responsible.
The police can and will be involved in all investigations involving a work related road accident death, or serious injury. In fact police now ask at the scene of accidents if any of the vehicles are being used for work.
This means that employers have to manage road risk in the same way that they manage other occupational Health and Safety risks throughout the rest of their business operations.
However, even though Government Legislation now requires it, only a small percentage of companies have now implemented a Road Risk Reduction Programme. The financial cost of not doing so can be substantial, fines are between 2.5% - 10% of the annual turnover of a business. For something as little as a defective tyre as well as penalty points for the driver, the company can receive a fine of up to £2,500.
Company drivers make up around 12% of licence holders in the UK, yet they are involved in 65% of all accidents and 35% of all fatalities year on year. Yet despite the Health and Safety at Work Act and the strong business case for effective risk management only 8% of company drivers have had any form of training.
Fleet driver training can effectively reduce accidents and costs. Many insurance companies offer a reduction in premiums for those companies whose drivers are regularly assessed by a DSA Registered Fleet Trainer.
Your drivers are an integral part of your business; you have the responsibility to help keep them safe while driving for you. Fleet driver training not only helps improve driving skills; it may also help drivers perform more efficiently therefore reducing costs and stress. It highlights the importance of vehicle safety; again, this will help reduce costs as well as possible accident prevention.
During its first full year of operation (2006-7), SAFED for Vans delivered the following proven and verifiable business benefits:
• Fuel consumption reduced by 16%
• Reduction in gear changes of 33%
• Potential annual fuel savings per driver of approximately £450 each
In addition, by helping van drivers develop additional skills and improve their driver awareness, drivers and organisations are predicted to benefit from fewer collisions, lower insurance premiums as well as lower running costs and higher resale value of vechicles. In addition, significant environment emission reductions were obtained across the whole scheme.
• less stressful driving
• improved fuel economy in and out of work
• less chance of being involved in a collision
• less time off work through ill health/injury
• no impact on journey time
• skills can be used when driving private vehicles
• improved morale and responsibility
• Reduced accidents by the fleet with associated reduced costs
• Reduced fuel costs through more efficient driving style
• Reduced maintenance requirement through improved vehicle sympathy
• Reduced risk of work related ill health
• Reduced stress and improved morale
• Defence against criminal prosecutions and civil litigation
• Improve overall safety for your drivers and general public
• Motivated drivers who have received high quality training
• Reduce harmful CO2 emissions
• Reduce company´s carbon footprint
• Improve company´s image
• Less need for investigations and paperwork
• Less vehicles off road for repair
• Less lost ime rescheduling of work
• Fewer missed orders and business opportunities
• - Up to 16% FUEL COMSUMPTION REDUCED
• - Up to 56% REDUCTION IN DRIVER FAULTS
• - Up to 33% REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF GEAR CHANGES
• - Up to 1.5% REDUCTION IN JOURNEY TIME
• - Up tO £450 FUEL SAVINGS PER VEHICLE DEPENDING ON MILEAGE
The one day course involves a mix of classroom and on-the-road tuition and teaches the use of driving techniques such as better use of gears (avoiding over-revving and missing out unnecessary gear changes), keeping correct braking distances (not braking hard), fuel economy and better road awareness (seeing hazards in good time).
• Licence Check
• Pre Vehicle Checks
• Presentation on Occupational Road Risks
• Initial Driving Assessment
• Demonstration Drive if appropriate
• Highway Code Quiz
• On Road Driver Training and Coaching
• Second Driving Assessment
• Assessment Drive - Two Drivers: £60
• Half Day - Two Drivers: £165
• Full Day - Two Drivers: £300
Fleet training can be provided to drivers in any vehicle.
GTi Direct Dunoon - Danny Rooney
Our company recently hired the services of Mr. Steven Porter of M8 Driver Training to take us through the SAFED training. Steven’s approach was very flexible to our company’s needs. Steven came on site and introduced himself to me and another colleague, explaining what we would be doing. The training was very informative and well worth the time. Steven is a very knowledgeable and competent instructor, putting us at our ease and explaining everything in a relaxed and easy to understand manner. After driving for near on forty years, I was amazed at what simple techniques could save on fuel and efficiency, and also good vehicle sympathy. A day well spent in the company of such a professional. Thank you Steven.
There are an estimated 3 million company cars on the road. Approximately one in every three road crashes involve a vehicle being driven for work. That´s 3 deaths EVERY DAY involving company vehicles
Company drivers who drive more than 80% of their annual mileage on work related journeys have over 50% more injury accidents than similar drivers who do no work related mileage
Every week approximately 200 road deaths and serious injuries involves someone at work
About 300 people are killed each year as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Approximately 4 in 10 crashes that are related to tiredness involve someone driving a company vehicle
Work-related road accidents are the biggest cause of work related accidental death. Between 800 and 1000 people are killed annually in work-related road traffic accidents compared to approximately 250 fatalities due to other work related accidents
Business drivers have collision rates that are 30 – 40% higher than those of private drivers
• Up to 1 in 3 road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work.
• Every week, around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involve someone at work.
• For the majority of people, the most dangerous thing they do while at work is drive on the public highway (HSE 1996).
So don´t wait until it´s too late. Call M8 Driver Training just now and start to see the savings your company can make by having your staff fleet trained.
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