Work related road accidents are the biggest cause of work related accidental death. Around 1000 people are killed annually in work-related road traffic accidents, that’s almost 3 people a day, and 20 people each week across the UK!
An organisation’s employees can be at daily risk through driving for work….for example if driving when tired, talking on the phone whilst driving and not giving the road their full attention, or not wearing their seatbelt when making deliveries etc.
Companies that manage the safety of their at-work drivers reap financial, environmental, and ethical rewards.
Health and Safety Law applies to driving for work activities as to all other work related activities and the risks must be managed. Additionally the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act (2007) could see companies being prosecuted if they don’t manage their work related road safety adequately.
Facts and Figures:
- Up to 1 in 3 road crashes involve a vehicle being driven for work
- Managing a driving for work policy can save your business money
- Having a driving for work policy is a legal requirement under health and safety legislation and road traffic law
- Management and employees can be prosecuted for road crashes on work related journeys, even when drivers are using their own vehicle
As an employer you should put in place methods to evaluate and reduce the risks associated with work related driving. The ideal way to do this is by developing a work related road safety policy. Organisations have a duty for their employees’ safety whilst driving on work business, and to ensure that their employees adhere to these and wider road safety practices.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP) are running the Highways Agency funded ‘Road Safety: We Mean Business’ project, and have developed an extensive range of FREE materials to assist you in developing a work related road safety policy. In addition, workshops are available, also FREE to businesses, at venues in Cambridgeshire, to inform organisations in more detail of work related road safety issues and how to construct a road safety policy.
For further information on free workshops and materials, please contact:
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership
tel: 01480 375 105; email email
Workshops available now (including free lunch!):
Cambridge – The Moller Centre, 30th November, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Huntingdon – The Marriot Hotel, 11th December, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Peterborough – East Of England Conference Centre, 22nd January, 9.30am – 1.30pm
Cambourne – The Belfry Hotel, 29th January, 9.30am – 1.30pm
South Cambridgeshire – The Temple Conference Centre, 12th February, 9.30am – 1.30pm
March – The Oliver Cromwell Hotel, 26th February, 9.30am – 1.30pm