Occupational Road Risks

Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time (Department for Transport figures). This may account for over 20 fatalities and 220 serious injuries every week. (Driving at Work, Managing Work Related Road Safety – HSE).

Legal Requirements

In addition to the duties employers have under legislation such as the Road Traffic Act which is administered by the police, Health and Safety legislation applies to those that are driving vehicles on business use. Employers’ responsibilities under health and safety legislation include:

  • Undertaking suitable risk assessments for employees using vehicles in the course of their work
  • Ensuring drivers receive appropriate information and training
  • Ensuring drivers have a current and appropriate licence to drive
  • Ensuring vehicles are serviced, maintained and inspected to ensure that they are in a roadworthy condition

Economic Benefits

Vehicle repair costs and insurance claims are nearly always just the tip of the iceberg in respect of the total costs incurred from poor work related road safety. An effective Occupational Road Risk programme could provide the following benefits:-

  • Reduced number of days lost due to injury
  • Fewer vehicles off of the road for repair
  • Reduced running costs through better driving standards
  • Less lost time due to the rescheduling of work
  • Less chance of employees becoming banned from driving
  • Fewer missed orders and business opportunities

Our Products and Services

Aston Lark Risk Management can provide comprehensive support to minimise the occupational road risks faced by our clients including:

  • Online driver risk assessment and E-Learning
  • Practical Driver Training
  • Driver Seminars and Workshops
  • Fleet assessor courses
  • Driver licence, MOT and insurance verification
  • Vehicle Cameras
  • Vehicle Security

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Vulnerable Road User?

A Vulnerable Road User could be a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse rider. It refers to anyone using roads without a vehicle around them offering protection.

If someone in a vehicle is in a collision, they have the frame of the vehicle and often other features like air bags and crumple zones to help absorb the force of the crash and provide protection. If a vulnerable road user is in a collision, they are exposed to the full force of the impact. Due to the vulnerability of these road users, drivers should do everything they can to ensure they are not putting them in danger.

Do I need to check an employee's driving licence?

Yes – It is essential to check a driver’s eligibility to drive the type(s) of vehicle expected of them for business purposes.

Companies have an explicit Duty of Care to all other road users while their employees are driving on company business, ensuring that employees are both able and eligible to drive is of fundamental importance.

Where a driver does not have a licence or has the incorrect licence they would be driving illegally and would also be uninsured.

Do I need anything for those employees who use their own vehicle for company business?

Yes, employers owe the same duty of care under health and safety law to employees driving their own vehicles as they do to company owned or lease hired vehicles. The law requires them to assess risks and take reasonably practicable precautions. They need to ensure that vehicles used on company business are fit for purpose and are in a safe condition, and that the drivers are properly licensed, insured, fit and competent. Work-related journeys also have to be managed in the same way as journeys in a company vehicle.

How many people die on our roads each year?

According to the Department for Transport in 2018 in the UK:

  • There were 1,782 people killed, 25,484 people seriously injured and 133,112 slightly injured casualties on the road
  • The highest percentage of casualties were car occupants, who accounted for 44% of road deaths
  • There were 454 pedestrian deaths
  • There were 99 cycling deaths
  • There were 354 motorcyclist fatalities
Do I need to carry out a Risk Assessment for the use of vehicles at work?

Yes. All work activities should be assessed for hazards and risks, and if there are significant findings, they must be recorded in writing.

A Risk Assessment for vehicle safety is no different from that of any other work activity – identify the hazards, determine who will be at risk, assess the likelihood of injury etc, decide on the control measures necessary to reduce the hazards and risks and then put in place monitoring and review provisions.