Safe Driving for work

Safe Driving for work includes any driving on a road by an employee as part of their work (not including driving to and from their work) in either:

  • a company vehicle
  • their own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement from their employer

Why are we concerned with Safe Driving for Work?

The accident rate for those whom drive for work is higher than that of ordinary drivers.

Many employers misinterpret what their responsibilities are when it comes to managing driving for work.  Many businesses owners and managers we have spoken to have mistakenly believed, that as long as their drivers are driving vehicles which have a valid DOE / NCT certificate and the driver holds a valid driving licence, this is enough to ensure their safety and the companies compliance with the law.

Here’s some evidence of this:

The number of driving for work-related deaths from road collisions was double that from other causes. (RSA/HSA)

Drivers who drive company vehicles have 30% to 40% more collisions than other drivers and this risk increases with mileage driven.

1 in 3 company vehicles may be involved in a road accident whilst driving for work this year.

Company drivers who drive more than 80% of their annual mileage on work related journeys have more than 50% more injury accidents than similar drivers who do no work related mileage.

The annual risk of dying in a road accident while driving for business reasons is significantly greater than the risk of dying as a result of all other workplace accidents.

 Every week around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involves someone at work.

 Many people are killed each year as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Around 4 in 10 tiredness-related crashes involve someone driving a commercial vehicle.

 Driving for Work related road accidents are the biggest cause of work-related accidental death.

Business drivers have collision rates that are 30 – 40% higher than those of private drivers.

Driving jobs affected by Driving For Work Guidelines

The types of jobs that may involve driving for work are varied. Some employees may only drive for work occasionally. For other employees, driving covers the main part of their job—these employees may include:

  • drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) and light goods vehicles (LGV)
  • bus, coach, and taxi drivers
  • utility company employees and service engineers
  • sales and marketing staff
  • emergency service workers
  • social and health workers
  • local authority staff
  • couriers and delivery staff
  • law enforcement workers
  • automechanics

If you are unsure if you are affected by Driving For Work guidelines get in touch to clarify