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Larger firms more likely to manage road risk, Arval finds

Date: 09 December 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Larger businesses are far more likely to apply risk management measures to staff driving for work, according to leasing company Arval.

The latest research from its Mobility Observatory programme found that, when asked if they monitored driver behaviour, 66% of companies with more than 1,000 employees said yes, as did 69% of those with 100-999 employees.

The figures fell to 50% for those with 10-99 employees, and to just 22% for those with fewer than 10.

Arval says similar patterns were found when employers were asked about on-road and classroom training, and safety communications programmes.

Arval's head of Mobility Observatory in the UK Shaun Sadlier said: "The degree of difference between smaller and larger organisations stands out when it comes to the adoption of risk management measures and it's almost certainly an issue of resources. 

"A large organisation will tend to have company-wide risk assessment arrangements in place that cover all their activities in depth, that takes both time and money to set up. 
"Our research indicates that if you are working for a larger organisation, you are several times more likely to employ ongoing risk management support in terms of training, information and risk assessments. These businesses are effectively three times more likely to be monitoring drivers in order to manage their risk."

Sadlier said the whole fleet industry had a role to play in getting smaller businesses up to speed.

"What's needed to support smaller businesses are more services and practical help, such as telematics usage, to enable more smaller businesses to raise their safety to comparable standards to their larger counterparts. 

"This is a task in which the entire fleet industry needs to play a part."