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Why the new interpretation of the
Your Business and the LAW
The Penalties for non-compliance
Will this affect my business
Health and Safety Legislation
The Benefits of Road Safety
Members Benefits


As mentioned previously, policies within an organisation must not encourage increased exposure to risks. This is a particularly wide-ranging area, and may include the following areas of concern:

Expenses policies

• Difficulties in obtaining approval and claiming for overnight accommodation

• Lack of policy on overnight stops

• Requirement to make statements about the condition of a vehicle, driving
record or insurance class of use before expenses will be paid

• Restricting mileage payments to the shortest distance to the destination

Human Resources policies

• Lack of suitable induction training (within organisation or in relation to specific vehicles)

• Inadequate driver assessment and training

• Driving skills and capabilities inadequately assessed or not taken properly into account during recruitment

• Disciplinary and grievance procedures that do not deal adequately with driving at work issues

• Incomplete driving licence checks (at the time of appointment and ongoing)

Health and Safety Policies

• Lack of written policies

• Inadequate risk assessments of drivers, vehicles and journeys

Workplace Culture

• Schedules that are virtually impossible to meet without speeding or foregoing breaks

• Bonus schemes or commission schemes that encourage long journeys and long working days

• Pressure on under-performing sales people to increase their number of calls (without an adequate risk assessment)

• Lack of attention to journey authorisation and approval process

Vehicle Management

• Incomplete vehicle maintenance and service details

• Inadequate diary reminders (and projected mileage process)

• Lack of proper selection criteria regarding specification for vehicles (taking safety factors into account)

Whilst a large proportion of this report has highlighted your responsibilities as
a manager and the consequences of ignoring the legislation, there are
many benefits to be gained by implementing a Road Safety Programme in your


If they're driving for you, they're your responsibility