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Fleets urged to check on drivers

FOLLOWING enquiries from fleet customers unaware of their health and safety responsibilities to drivers, Arval PHH has issued a checklist they can use.

The company is urging fleets to complete health and safety checks on drivers as well as vehicles or face the risk of prosecution. Louise Dickinson, managing director of Arval PHH’s Major Customer Division, said: ‘In the event of an accident during a business trip, if the employee is found to be at fault, his or her company can be held liable and could face civil and even criminal prosecution. That means the possibility of significant fines or even imprisonment for company directors.’

The company recommends fleets complete the check annually.

Employers’ checklist for employees

  • Does the employee have a valid and appropriate driving licence?
  • Is the employee aware of your company’s health and safety policy?
  • Does the employee’s risk history suggest he or she requires driver training?
  • Does he or she know how to carry out routine car safety checks?
  • Is the employee aware of what to do in a breakdown or accident?
  • Is the employee aware of company policy on mobile phone use?
  • Does anything in the employee’s medical history affect their ability to drive?
  • Does their eyesight meet the Highway Code requirements?
    Source: Arval PHH
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