There are a good many laws which businesses need to bear in mind when it comes to work-related driving and it is crucial that your firm adheres to all relevant legislation. Health and safety is obviously one of the biggest considerations, especially given the high proportion of road traffic collisions which involve someone who is driving as part of their job.
Conducting a risk assessment can help you to pinpoint any particular issues which may need attention and look at the best way to resolve them. It is also vital that you are aware of the maximum number of hours behind the wheel that your drivers are allowed to do (there are several different sets of regulations which may apply).
You must also pay close attention to employment law and you should take steps to ensure that your business has clear, thoroughly-drafted policies in place. These should make provisions for the use of both company vehicles and those that belong to the employee themselves. Typically the documents will cover everything from the correct procedure in the event an employee is involved in a collision, to the policy on mobile phone use.
Finally you should make sure you understand the legislation which covers vehicle-tracking technology. Remember, you could be breaching your employees’ rights if you fail to notify them that a tracking device is in place.
While the numerous issues you need to be mindful of may seem formidable, making sure you have fulfilled all of your obligations in full is the best way to avoid a potentially very serious incident.
To further assist with some of the issues you should bear in mind, Hethertons has produced a free guide to work-related driving, which is now available from our website. For further information or advice please call our Employment team on 01904 528 200 and speak to Jo or David.