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ALD warns of poor risk management

Date: 19 June 2013   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Top five leasing company ALD Automotive has issued a warning that firms are slipping up on crucial areas of risk management. In a survey that questioned "almost 1000" business drivers, ALD reported a minority of 41% had received any driver training and less than a quarter had been asked to undergo a health check to confirm whether or not they were fit to drive for business.

Less than 2% expected to receive any driver training within the coming year and fewer than 1% expected a health check in 2013.

The company's MD Mel Dawson said: "Existing legislation requires employers to ensure the safety of staff undertaking any form of driving for work-related reasons.

"These statistics are concerning as they suggest a large proportion of businesses are, perhaps, still not giving this area of fleet the priority it needs to have. so we are urging employers to put a comprehensive road risk policy in place, before it's too late."

He continued: "Besides the moral and legal obligation to do so, an effective occupational road risk policy will also lead to significant financial savings, from reductions in accidents, insurance premiums and vehicle repairs to 'hidden savings', such as improved fuel consumption, reduced wear and tear and a reduction in lost staff time."

Meanwhile, the firm has appointed former commercial director of Alphabet, Greg Taylor, as its new operations director.