"As it is expected that a prosecution for
corporate manslaughter will result in bad press coverage, employers
need to ensure they tighten up their driving procedures.”
Employers of fleet vehicles usually
already have in place stringent policies regarding driving at work,
but the following checklist should be considered for employers whose
workers occasionally use vehicles for the purpose of work:
driving licences not only at the start of the employment but at
regular intervals perhaps every six or twelve months. This also
allows you to monitor if the driver is a higher risk as they may
have had points added to their licence.
employees who use their own vehicles ask them to annually supply
a copy of their current MOT certificate, car insurance details
and check that it is covered for business use.
your company policy regarding the use of mobile phones whilst
Compile a handbook for all employees who use a vehicle for work
outlining the driver’s responsibilities and the procedures such
as the action to take in the event of an accident.
Consider asking employees to annually sign a document confirming
they are medically fit to drive and they must advise of any
treatment or conditions that could impact on their ability to
“Relying on an employee to tell you
the truth about having a valid driving licence and their car being
insured and road worthy is really no longer acceptable. I realise
these changes will mean more work for employers, but companies will
need to show an audit trail to help protect themselves against a
future corporate manslaughter charge,” said Mr Thompson.
May 2008 -
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