Every day, ten people are killed on the roads in the UK and many more are injured. It's estimated that 95% of all accidents are avoidable.
Your clients should review the following key areas.
- Driver vetting and training
- Drivers should be clear of what is expected of them before driving a company vehicle. Effective driver vetting, induction and training will ensure this.
Driver vetting procedures need to ensure that drivers hold the correct licence for the vehicle they are to drive.
A driver's handbook can be provided to outline policies in relation to mobile phone usage, vehicle maintenance, what the company vehicle can be used for and by whom and what to do in the case of an emergency.
- Personal and vehicle security
- The provision of better locks, alarms and immobilisers by manufacturers has greatly improved vehicle security. As vehicles have become harder to steal, car jacking and key theft have become more common place. Keeping vehicles locked whilst driving helps minimise the risk of car jacking. When vehicles are not in use keys should be kept safe; for example in a lockable cabinet.
Another concern for taxi drivers is the threat of being robbed of their takings. Where possible, cash should be dropped off during a shift or where this is not possible, cash should be hidden from view in a secure box. Screens can be fitted to protect against assault and CCTV cameras can act as a deterrent.
- Workplace vehicle movement
- The movement of vehicles in a workplace poses a danger. It is important that vehicles and pedestrians are kept separate wherever possible. Clear signage should be used to advise members of the public the safe way to move around premises.
- Motor vehicle repair workshops
- Every year 2000 accidents in workshops are reported to the HSE/Local authority. Most accidents involve slips, trips and falls or poor methods of manual handling. There is also widespread potential for work related ill health problems due to the hazardous substances used which require careful storage, handling and control. The specialist equipment found in motor vehicle repair workshops (lifting equipment, compressed air equipment and electrical equipment such as battery chargers) should all be maintained and training given before use.
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