Less than half of employers (44%) would dismiss an employee for driving over the legal alcohol limit, and 55% never test employees for alcohol, according to a survey by Brake.
Brake has described the survey of 228 employers as “desperately worrying” and is urging employers to implement “zero-tolerance policies on at-work drink- and drug-driving”.
Other findings in the survey include: 57% of respondents said they never test employees for drugs; 62% said they take disciplinary action against employees found to have any amount of alcohol or illegal drugs in their system at work, while only 30% said they dismiss employees for this; and 47% said they educate drivers on the risks of drug-driving (50% for drink-driving).
The survey also found that many employers don’t have practices in place to manage other driver fitness issues such as tiredness, stress and poor eyesight.
Laura Woods from Brake said: "It is desperately worrying that so many employers are lacking the tough approach needed to tackle drink and drug driving at work.
“This is highly dangerous, selfish risk-taking that should be treated as gross misconduct. People who drive for work should be clear that there is no safe amount to drink before driving.
“We’re appealing to all employers with staff who drive for work to ensure their drivers know the risks, know the rules, and know that breaking the rules will not be tolerated."