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Driving for work (non-professionals)

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

Whatever your line of work it is very likely you will or will have employees that drive for work purposes. Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people will do, and it contributes to many more work-related accidental deaths and serious injuries than all other work activities.

Road accident statistics show that every year around 500 people are killed (this is nearly one third of all road deaths), 5,000 seriously injured and almost 40,000 slightly injured in collisions involving drivers or riders who are driving for work. These figures include other road users. It may come as a surprise for to learn that the majority of those killed on work-related journeys are passengers, pedestrians, and riders rather than the at-work drivers and riders.

There are a variety of vehicles that may be used in the workplace. Some are owned by business they may be leased or hired by employees. It is commonplace for employees to use their own vehicles for work purposes, this is often called the “grey fleet”

The Health and Safety Executive states ““health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system.”

Employers need to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all vehicles used for work conform to road traffic laws, are safe and properly maintained, and are fit for purpose.

INDG 382 Driving at work sets out the essential requirements of what an employer needs to do to manage the risks of driving at work.

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