At AHD Driver Training Ltd, we have experience of carrying out Fleet Driver Training within large and small companies. This experience includes training the driver within their own car or leased company vehicle to using their company van, to a long wheel based vehicle.
From 2007, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
was published. The Act introduces an important new option for very serious senior management failures which result in fatality. Prosecutions will be of the corporate body, not individuals, but the ability to prosecute directors or other individuals under health and safety law or the general criminal law, in appropriate cases, will be unaffected. The corporate body itself and individuals can also still be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences.
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ for their drivers who use a vehicle within work time to carry out business on behalf of the company they work for. Some organisations may extend their Fleet Driver Training to employees who only drive to/from work and individuals that may have a ‘car share’ to/from work. Again, there are Fleet Risk Management procedures that have to cover this particular type of driver training. One large organisation that our company works for in Corporate Fleet Management insists that all employees undertaking Fleet Driver Training courses complete an ‘online’ Fleet Risk Management computer programme that depending on their answers to the questions, marks the employee either low risk, medium risk or high risk.
Depending on the scoring, and in particular if in the ‘High – Extreme’ risk category MUST complete a 1-1 driver training ‘on-road’ session. After the 1-1 Fleet driver training session, the driver is given a revised score from what was achieved on the ‘on-line’ session and MUST appear in the low risk category in order to qualify to drive on company business. The driver has to show on the ‘1-1’ Fleet Driver Training session that they have shown genuine improvement. Scoring is completed with the driver present after discussing all improvement areas with that individual.
Just one of the important reasons why it is important to seek Fleet Risk Management through your Corporate Fleet Management Department and contact us without delay so that we can help you to get your employees Fleet Risk Management checked.
There have been lots of cases where van drivers, possibly due to being in a hurry to deliver their goods and feeling under pressure to do so, have reversed into members of the public. One such case involved two ladies, one of whom following the accident had a stroke and died. The driver will never be able to forget that incident and will have to live with his decision he made on that fateful day. If he had got out of his vehicle to assess the risks, he may well have seen the 2 ladies and even asked one of them to assist him in reversing, but instead drove into them both!!
Remember if you can’t see around your vehicle from being sat in the driver’s seat you can use the simple method of:
(G) o (O)ut (A)nd (L)ook!
Simple and yet extremely effective when faced with having to reverse an SPV or LWB vehicle.