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IAM Roadsmart publishes 'back to work' safety guide

Date: 16 July 2020   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A guide to getting fleets back on the road safely post-lockdown has been published by IAM Roadsmart.

'Covid-19 2020: Driving business back to work ­- safely and profitably', available to download from the charity's website, features advice on numerous areas of concern as some drivers return to the road for the first time in four months.

These include the end of the furlough period, the importance of training, mental health, stressful journeys, fatigue and driver confidence.

IAM Roadsmart interim CEO Tony Greenidge said: "This is a hugely challenging time for people returning to work and for employers too.

"Following government advice to use public transport for essential journeys only, unimagined new pressures are being experienced by those commuting by car after switching from public transport as they fear for their safety amid the Covid-19 outbreak. "We do not yet know how this will affect congestion levels. There are concerns for fleet managers over vehicles, over how to ensure employees keep safe when sharing cars or meeting people, and with drivers who have lost confidence or are understandably under new stresses and strains."

IAM Roadsmart says it has also been developing new e-learning modules for drivers via its Choices platform.

Director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "If you're worried about your drivers at the moment we certainly can help with refresher-type courses, giving invaluable feedback enabling you to interact with your workforce and have a conversation. 

"Online is now well established and people are looking at this again. It's a good way to keep fresh."