From April, Cattles plc will begin the task of launching the safety scheme for 2,000 employees in a bid to comply with its duty of care respon-sibilities. Group insurance and health & safety manager Linden Sanders said: ‘The safety of our drivers is of paramount importance.
‘With corporate responsibility so high on fleet managers’ agendas, we need to ensure we are doing all we can to comply with the letter and spirit of the law.’
It has awarded a three-year contract to RAC Business Solutions which will team up with Cattles’ contract hire and leasing company ALD Automotive and its insurance brokers, Willis.
The contract covers fleet safety audits, management workshops, online risk assessments for drivers and in vehicle one-to-one driver training.
Nigel Fletcher, deputy managing director at ALD Automotive, said: ‘Risk management and a company’s duty of care towards its at-work drivers is the single biggest issue facing fleets as the Government, Health and Safety Executive and police unite to crackdown on work-related road accidents.’
An increasing number of companies are studying how they can meet their duty of care requirements and last week the draft corporate manslaughter bill was published detailing how companies and public sector organisations can be prosecuted after a fatal accident.
ON FNN last week, companies were also warned that for the first time police officers will officially record whether a driver involved in an accident was travelling for work purposes.
It is expected that after the first year a report will be compiled detailing the extent of company motorists involvement in road accidents.