UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy
More than a fifth (21%) of UK companies whose employees
drive for work purposes have no road safety policy in place, new research has
The study by TomTom Telematics among senior managers at 400
UK businesses found a further 4% did not know whether their organisation had a
At the same time, 60% of respondents said staff members had
been involved in road traffic crashes while on business duty, with 78% claiming
the result was lost productivity due to injury or time off work.
“Driving is one of the most high-risk activities the
majority of workers will conduct as part of their job, but is too often seen as
a poor relation when it comes to workplace health and safety,” said Beverley
Wise, director UK and Ireland at TomTom Telematics.
“A best-practice approach is necessary if companies are to
effectively safeguard staff and reduce their risk exposure. If the appropriate
action is not taken, they could even leave themselves open to prosecution under
the Health and Safety at Work Act or corporate manslaughter legislation should
employees be killed or seriously injured.”
The research also found only 64% of organisations had
processes in place to profile the risk posed by individual drivers, based on
factors such as driving behaviour or previous convictions.
Less than three-fifths (57%) of companies provide driving training
and of those that do, 38% provided it once every six months or less. Just over
half of all businesses (53%) provided drivers with technological tools or
driver aids to help them drive more safely.
Ms Wise added: “Businesses should also be aware that a
proactive approach to road safety can deliver further business benefits. By
employing technology to monitor driver behaviour and providing drivers with
live feedback, supported by targeted coaching and training, it is possible to
reduce fuel spend, cut insurance premiums and boost productivity.”