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Vehicle Safety

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • the health and safety of all employees while at work 
  • that others are not put at risk by you or your employees work-related driving activities (self employed people have a similar responsibility to that of employers)

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:

  • Seating Capacity 
  • Performance 
  • Load capacity 
  • Lifting and other mechanical attachments 
  • Fuel type and economy 
  • Age and experience of driver

By devising a list of criteria for the vehicle you reduce the amount of time spent searching for the most appropriate model.

Safety features

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:

Preventive measures:

  • ABS braking 
  • Halogen lights 
  • Electronic stability control 
  • Lane discipline sensors 
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic braking and speed control systems 

Mitigating measures

  • Crumple zones 
  • Airbags and side curtains 
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners 
  • Child seats 
  • 'Snap off' foot pedals and collapsible steering columns 
  • 'Active' head restraints 
  • Car seats 
  • Padded dashboards 
  • In vehicle equipment e.g. warning triangle, fire extinguisher, first aid kit 

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

* When visiting the above website you will be leaving Aviva's Roadsense website. Aviva is not responsible for the content of external websites.

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

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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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