Brake’s Fleet Safety Forum has published new guidance for fleet managers on how to minimise the risks posed by using agency staff to drive for work.
The Fleet Safety Forum points to research showing that agency drivers are more prone to be involved in collisions; with 42% of UK companies using temporary staff as drivers the Forum claims this is a key safety issue for fleet managers.
The Fleet Safety Forum guidance covers effective partnership working with the driver agency; inductions on company safe driving policy and vehicle checks; and subjecting agency drivers to the same spot checks as employed drivers.
Roz Cumming, development manager at Brake, says: “Companies should be aware that they have the same level of responsibility for the safety of agency drivers working for them, as they do for their permanent employees.
“Managers must approach this proactively and ensure drivers provided by recruitment agencies are appropriately qualified and receive the same training as their own staff.”
The guidance is available for free to Fleet Safety Forum subscribers or can be purchased for £5 by non-subscribers. However, the first 50 non-subscribers to request the guidance will get a free copy. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1484 559909 to order.