Essential Fleet Operator takes a look at how effective road risk management can help you to meet your legal and moral obligations while delivering a return on investment.
Maintaining the safety of your drivers should be a priority for all organisations and ensuring your drivers stay healthy and mentally fit, should be very high on your list of concerns.
Organisations need to understand the impact that stress and fatigue can have on company drivers and the associated risks. Employees who drive for the majority of the working day are at an exceptionally high-risk of lifestyle-related health problems. Being exposed to long hours of sitting, poor access to exercise, working mainly alone and having limited availability to healthy foods on the road, are all factors that mean drivers can soon slip into a very unhealthy routine. A routine that if left unchanged, could have a significant impact on their mental well-being, health and ability to work and especially drive safely.
Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal and it is a controversial and incredibly dangerous issue. Many road safety organisations and the Government feel that it should be viewed as socially unacceptable as drink or drug driving.
Mobile phone driving laws were first enacted in December 2003, and since 2007 the penalty was three points on your licence and a fine.
Just because its not illegal to drive tired doesn't mean you should put yourself at risk.
Employees should inform employers, or potentially DVLA, about a medical condition that could affect their driving. But fatigue cannot be so easily identified or addressed.