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Fleets call for stringent new safety laws

FLEET decision-makers have called for a series of stringent new laws that would force employers to do more to improve safety.

They created the wish list as part of an exclusive Fleet News and Fleet NewsNet survey, carried out in association with National Car Rental.

Among the drastic measures fleet decision-makers have supported are mandatory driver training for all users of company vehicles, regular medical checks for at-work drivers most at risk and maximum daily mileage levels for drivers.

Decision-makers also supported mandatory eyesight tests for all users of company vehicles and compulsory company policies on work-related road safety.

Those who took part in the road safety survey were in all levels of authority including fleet management, purchasing, senior management, directors, chairmen and heads of human resources divisions.

Fleet sizes ranged from fewer than 50 vehicles to more than 1,000, in sectors including food, wholesale, retail, financial services, public sector and leisure.

But despite supporting laws that will force the entire fleet industry to take action, many fleet decision-makers admitted there were serious gaps in their own safety standards.

Less than one quarter restricted drivers' total mileage in a day, or how much distance could be covered in one journey, although 90% allowed staff to stay in a hotel overnight.

Only a third had procedures to ensure drivers received regular eyesight tests and only half had a remit to cut fleet accidents.

And while 71% carried out regular inspections of company vehicles, just 15% had any procedures in place to check the condition of private vehicles used on company business.

More than a third provide no assessment of driving skills or provide driver training courses. Just a quarter of companies penalised drivers who receive speeding convictions.

Fleet votes in favour of new laws

  • Mandatory driver training for all users of company vehicles.........57%
  • Regular medical checks for at-work drivers most at risk...............71%
  • Mandatory eyesight test for all users of company vehicles ..........86%
  • Maximum daily mileage levels for company car drivers.................62%
  • Policy to include section on work-related road safety...................95%
  • Employers responsible for ensuring private vehicles used for business have MoT certificate...........................................................40%
  • Employer's obligation to provide safety critical information for all fleet vehicles (tyre pressures, load weights etc).....................70% Source: Fleet News/FleetNewsNet/National Car Rental Road Safety Survey

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