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Ten-point plan on duty of care

FLEETS should follow a 10-point action plan to avoid prosecution under corporate killing laws.

It has been created by fleet risk management and driver training company DriveTech (UK).

DriveTech founder Chris Howell said: ‘Following a serious or fatal accident police officers will be investigating companies’ at-work driving risk management processes and that will include studying a driver audit trail. Fleets that turn a blind eye to such basic administration are likely to face the severest of consequences.’

The top 10 tips are:
1. Assess the driving capabilities of all new drivers
2. Routinely screen driving licences of all drivers – not just company car drivers
3. Implement vehicle spot checks – analysing general condition, roadworthiness and service history
4. Monitor all drivers’ working hours
5. Record, classify, group and analyse all accidents
6. Undertake a full risk assessment to identify problems
7. Act on the information and prioritise solutions
8. Design a management plan to implement the solutions and communicate it to all staff
9. Introduce a driving safety culture that does not lightly accept accidents
10. Provide targeted education and training for drivers

  • Source: DriveTech (UK)
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