More than a fifth of UK companies whose employees drive for work have no road safety policy in place, new research suggests.
TomTom Telematics interviewed senior managers at 400 UK businesses and found that 21% have no road safety policy – while a further 4% of those interviewed didn’t know whether their organisation has a defined policy.
Published yesterday (13 July), the research also found that 57% of companies provide driving training, and of those that do 38% provide it once every six months or less.
53% of respondents said their businesses provide drivers with ‘technological tools’ or driver aids to help them drive more safely.
Beverley Wise, TomTom Telematics, said: “Driving is one of the most high-risk activities the majority of workers will conduct as part of their job, but is too often seen as a poor relation when it comes to workplace health and safety.
“A best-practice approach is necessary if companies are to effectively safeguard staff and reduce their risk exposure. If the appropriate action is not taken, they could even leave themselves open to prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act or Corporate Manslaughter legislation should employees be killed or seriously injured.”
60% of respondents said staff members had been involved in road traffic collisions while on business duty, with 78% of those claiming the incident resulted in lost productivity.
Beverley Wise added: “A proactive approach to road safety can deliver further business benefits.
“By employing technology to monitor driver behaviour and providing drivers with live feedback, supported by targeted coaching and training, it is possible to reduce fuel spend, cut insurance premiums and boost productivity.”