Each and every company has a legal obligation and duty of care to their company car drivers. The workplace extends to the cars that the fleet drivers drive and companies have a duty of care to their drivers to make sure that they are as safe as possible while out on the road.
There are a number of ways that companies can tackle duty of care for their drivers from educating them with risk assessments, further training and leaflets and manuals. Companies can also carry out safety checks on the vehicles themselves, making sure they are serviced regularly and maintained and also carry out checks on drivers including licence checks and effective accident management.
If a company car driver was in an accident that could have been prevented the company may find they are liable, duty of care is an important necessity to enforce, to make sure companies are compliant.
For more on accident management, visit the Fleet News accident management section.