The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care.
A lot of companies are now using tracker systems on their company fleet of vehicles in order to track their vehicle fleet movements. Are the drivers taking extra time in carrying out their deliveries, driving along routes that are not the routes specified by the company, having extra long breaks? All of these things impact on the company they are working for.
If you cycle to work and own a car but don’t use a vehicle for business use, some companies are still asking that employee to take part in a Fleet driver assessment. It may be that, that person in the future has to use a vehicle for company business purposes and the company need to know what their standard of driving is like BEFORE they are allowed to drive for company purposes. Some employees may be asked to complete an online driver risk assessment and if the score is either medium risk or high risk, the driver is required to complete a 1-1 driving assessment. This is all part of the company’s Fleet Risk Management Procedure.
You may be a company whereby your employees have had several vehicle accidents and/ or had fatalities with members of the public as well as fatalities amongst the actual drivers themselves. This is serious enough to have put in place a Fleet Driver Training Programme within your organisation as your company may be liable for prosecution against the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
After each individual employee has completed an online driver assessment, a Driver Trainer is able to access this information and then carry out a 1-1 driving assessment based on the scores from the printout. The driving assessment includes testing of vehicle checks with the driver, assessment of their driving, coaching session and a commentary drive.
We do find that a lot of drivers don’t actually receive any advanced driver training within their company until an ‘incident’ has occurred which then prompts the training. ‘Prevention is better than the cure’ should be taken into account in order to assess whether the training is required! Don’t leave it until it is too late. What would be the consequences to your company and individuals within it, if a driver killed a member of the public or even another member of staff whilst simply reversing in the company car park? YOU could be responsible…. If you would like to discuss further, don’t delay, telephone today on 07983 881013, and ask for Anita.