Are employers doing enough to keep their drivers safe?

In recent weeks, there have been calls from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) to increase driver training standards in order to reduce fatalities amongst company drivers.

They want to help bring about such a boost in safety by recommending that organisations carry the ISO 39001 accreditation. This shows that drivers meet a set of required standards for road safety.

I believe this call is an extremely welcome development. A brief look at the statistics is enough to highlight why businesses should consider taking this call seriously.

According to the results of a survey conducted in 2014 by the IAM Drive and Survive division, over 70 per cent of people who drive for business reasons had been offered no training at all – despite the fact that 44 per cent of them said that they would welcome it.

According to the Driving for Better Business campaign, up to one-in-three road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work; every week, around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involve someone at work.

IAM also goes on to say that, between 2008 and 2013, there were a total of 322,239 casualties involving a driver or rider driving as part of work (including passengers and other casualties) – including 47,602 in 2013. This includes drivers, passengers and others who were killed, seriously injured or injured.

Sobering stuff indeed. So, it can be seen that getting involved in some kind of road safety initiative is a must for businesses. Yet still, so many neglect to do so. It is not as though training opportunities are scarce. But it is disappointing that, evidently, employers do not deem this issue sufficiently important to actually do anything about it.

Many may not know it, but employers are legally obliged to protect their employees – a duty which also covers employees whilst they are out on the road. And even if this was not a legal obligation, it must surely be deemed an ethical one. In short, this is a deficiency that must be corrected - and we feel that Tadea’s Effective Transport Solutions driver training centre has an important part to play in the North East region in helping to bring this correction about.

Along with Teesside University, we offering 27 FREE half-day training packages to SMEs in the region. This training will cover hazard perception, tired/distracted driving and fuel efficiency techniques.

We hope that these sessions will bring about improved safety – levels which can reduce the risk of costly accidents and will also help fleet motorists be able to reduce their fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent. This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses across the region to get effective, high quality, accredited driver training – for free.

So why not contact us to see if one of these free packages would be suitable for your business? It could be an important first step along the way to making sure that you’re doing all you can to keep your employees safe behind the wheel. You can find more information on these free packages here.

And don’t forget, we also offer free driver training demonstrations on our cutting-edge simulators on the last Friday of each month. You can book a place at our Open Friday events here.

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