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More than 20% of UK firms don't have road safety policies in place

Date: 13 July 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

More than a fifth (21%) of businesses whose employees drive for work have no road safety policies in place.

That's according to TomTom Telematics, which polled 400 senior managers and additionally found that a further 4% did not know whether their company had a policy.

At the same time, 60% of those who responded to the survey said their employees had been involved in an accident while driving for work, with 78% claiming this resulted in lost productivity due to time off work and/or injury.

However, the survey found that 64% of businesses have processes in place to profile the risk posed by certain drivers based on factors such as their driving behaviour or previous convictions, while just under six out of ten companies (57%) provide driver training to workers.

Of those that do provide training, 38% provide it once every six months or less, while just over half (53%) provide drivers with technology or driver aids to help them drive more safely.

"Driving is one of the most high-risk activities the majority of workers will conduct as part of their job, but is too often seen as a poor relation when it comes to workplace health and safety," said Beverley Wise, director, UK and Ireland, at TomTom Telematics. "A best-practice approach is necessary if companies are to effectively safeguard staff and reduce their risk exposure."

She added: "If the appropriate action is not taken, they could even leave themselves open to prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act or Corporate Manslaughter legislation should employees be killed or seriously injured. Businesses should also be aware that a proactive approach to road safety can deliver further business benefits. By employing technology to monitor driver behaviour and providing drivers with live feedback, supported by targeted coaching and training, it is possible to reduce fuel spend, cut insurance premiums and boost productivity."

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