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Don’t turn a ‘blind eye’ to grey fleet

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Licence checking is the first basic check that organisations must do for all their drivers. With the paper counterpart to photo card licences no longer valid documents, it is “unwise” to rely on a manual inspection or self-declaration process, said Adrian.

A DVLA licence check is the only certain way to know whether employees have a valid licence and one that covers the groups of vehicles driven for work.

“According to the DVLA, more than a million drivers are 3 points away from losing their licences. These could be some of your drivers,” he added.

It is challenging to put a safe system in place to manage work-related driving activities but with the right attitude and determination, it is possible, said Adrian, who advocates risk profiling of company drivers.

He added: “In our experience, organisations tend to manage company-provided vehicles well, however, we must never forget that vehicles don’t crash on their own, drivers do.

“According to the Department for Transport, 95% of crashes have driver error as the main culprit. For this reason attention must be turned to the driver.

“Driver training is an excellent thing to invest in but rather than apply a scatter gun approach, it’s far better to risk-profile drivers so that targeted and appropriate training can be offered to those that need it.”

The HSE’s Driving at Work booklet provides sound advice and should be essential reading for any organisation with staff who make work-related driving trips.

Organisations can also reduce the number of collisions and have safer and more fuel efficient fleets by carrying out a road safety audit and putting appropriate systems in place to meet compliance obligations.

Established in road safety education for more than 25 years, we support employers to “take the administrative pain away” from the whole process, offering a solution to business fleet managers.

Organisations which successfully manage work-related road safety meet legal obligations, benefit from bottom-line savings through fewer collisions, lower insurance premiums and a more fuel-efficient fleet.

If you would just like to know about how any of our services could help meet your organisation’s objectives, drop us a line.

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