The Fleet Safety Forum has published new guidance for fleet managers on how to maximise the safety of ‘grey fleet’ drivers.
Brake, which is behind the Fleet Safety Forum, says that the average employee-owned car used for business is around seven years old and therefore may not benefit from the latest safety technology. This compares unfavourably with company cars which leave service on average after four years.
The new guidance suggests providing alternatives to grey fleet use in the first instance. However, if drivers do have to use their own vehicles for work purposes, they and their vehicles should be subjected to the same rigorous safety checks and risk assessments as other company drivers.
Roz Cumming, professional engagement manager at Brake, says: “Employers have the same level of responsibility for the safety of grey fleet drivers as they do for those driving company vehicles. Managers must approach this proactively, minimising grey fleet use wherever possible.
“If grey fleet is used, managers need to ensure drivers using their own vehicles are risk assessed and receive the same training as other company drivers, as well as taking steps to ensure vehicles are appropriately serviced, checked and insured.
“This new e-guidance is a valuable resource for fleet managers: I’d urge anyone who doesn’t already subscribe to sign up to the Fleet Safety Forum to get access to it and many other resources like it.”
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 obtain a copy for free.
To order a copy email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1484 559909.