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Driver Selection/Vetting

A considerable number of fleets and those responsible for the operation of a company vehicle(s)
are not covering one or more of the four most important risk management procedures:

  • New driver vetting including licence checking 
  • Driver induction procedures 
  • Issuing a driver handbook 
  • Post incident investigations

This section gives you help and guidance on driver selection and vetting to ensure risk management procedures are established and enforced

Normally, vehicle users fall into two types.

  1. Company cars drivers, for whom driving is not the main task.
  2. LGV and LCV fleet vehicles drivers for whom driving is the main task. 

Naturally, you will wish to pay close attention to the driving skills of professional drivers, as these are most likely to have an impact on your overall fleet costs: not just in insurance terms but in vehicle wear and tear and fuel consumption. However, attention should also be paid to the skills and attitude of car drivers.

The following checklist identifies the steps to recruiting or selecting a driver. These steps should be taken in conjunction with the completion of a Vehicle driving application form.

  • Complete a medical or questionnaire and eyesight test 
  • For commercial drivers over 45, check that they have a current medical certificate 
  • Check driving licence is valid for the vehicle type to be driven 
  • Check endorsements
  • Check length of driving experience with licence held 
  • Collect claims/accident history from previous employer 
  • Obtain references 

So what can you do?

As fleet operators you need to have a clear and concise policy on the vetting of drivers and control of your fleet. There are six main areas which should be adequately addressed to meet your obligations.

These have been consolidated into the following detailed sections which together culminate into one complete document headed ‘New Driver Vetting and Induction'.

Vehicle Driving Application Form

Useful Motor Risk Templates are available for you to download free of charge - visit our Tools and Templates section.

For more information on eyesight tests and driving licence checking view our Specialist Partners

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Please Note
This document contains general information and guidance and is not and should not be relied on as specific advice. The document may not cover every risk, exposure or hazard that may arise and Aviva recommend that you obtain specific advice relevant to the circumstances. AVIVA accepts no responsibility or liability towards any person who may rely upon this document.

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