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The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable:
This responsibility extends to all vehicles including employee's own vehicles used for business purposes. Vehicle suitability and safety features are paramount in fulfilling this responsibility.
All company vehicles and including employee's own vehicles used for business purposes should be capable of safely performing the tasks required i.e. most importantly transportation of people and/or carrying of loads and equipment.
Before even looking for a vehicle you should consider:
By devising a list of criteria for the vehicle you reduce the amount of time spent searching for the most appropriate model.
Vehicle safety features provide twofold benefits - they can help to reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring in the first instance and in the unfortunate event that accidents do occur, help to prevent serious injury or death.
Below is a list of some preventative and mitigating measures for consideration:
For an independent assessment of the safety performance of most cars sold in Europe, you could look at the European New Car Assessment Programme* and for details of Thatcham New car whiplash ratings visit www.thatcham.org/ncwr/
Useful Motor Risk Templates are available for you to download free of charge - visit our ‘Tools and Templates' section.
For more information on useful products and services to help you manage your vehicles and drivers view our Specialist Partners
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