ACFO calls for better Government crash data
31 July 2009
ACFO, the trade body for business car managers, has called on the Government to provide more accurate information on which accidents involved at-work drivers.
In a written response to the Department for Transport's consultation document 'A Safer Way - Making Britain's Roads the Safest in the World' the organisation said: "Fleets stand accused - on fairly flimsy statistical evidence - of being overrepresented in accident and casualty figures. This has significant implications for organisations for potential input into the corporate manslaughter arena."
Various studies have claimed that about a third of all road deaths and serious injuries involve an at-work driver, which equates to nearly 850 deaths a year. However, there is no firm evidence of this figure.
The written response added: "The overall road safety strategy should provide an accurate sub-strategy for driving at work/management of on-road risks, which is fair and unambiguous.
"A clear, stable, well-defined performance indicator is definitely required: the proper identification of at-work casualties to ensure that an effective and accurate picture is built up, of the real extent of duty of care failures among the fleet community."