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Small firms failing drivers on safety

A NEW study has applauded larger fleets for their efforts in protecting at-work drivers but found that many smaller companies were falling short of putting in place even basic requirements.

More than 2,000 company representatives, including fleet operators, managing directors, finance directors and human resources managers, were questioned for the survey.

The results found that almost half of respondents did not have an individual within the company responsible for road safety (49%) and that while 40% were aware of the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Driving for Work’ handbook, many had still not implemented any sort of policy.

The company behind the road safety survey, fleet software firm Jaama, claims it is the biggest of its kind undertaken after gathering and tracking responses from companies operating fleets of more than five vehicles throughout 2005.

Jaama managing director Jason Francis said the survey showed that fleet executives in larger organisations were getting to grips with managing occupational road risk but that smaller companies in general still had a long way to go to implement meaningful policies. He said: ‘With the significant amount of road safety publicity during 2005 this research shows that although there is still a huge lack of awareness among smaller fleets, duty of care awareness is improving.’

Francis added: ‘Our research concluded that larger fleets and those that have regular access to fleet information were reasonably well informed and generally had good policies in place.

‘However, the vast majority of operators of small fleets – 90% of the respondents operated sub-200 vehicle fleets – were falling short of even basic requirements and it is this sector that we must educate further.’

Road safety survey findings

March 2005 December 2005 % change
Unaware of HSE guidelines 23% 21% -2
Fully/partly aware of guidelines but without a safety policy 42% 40% -2
Do not have an individual responsible for road safety 53% 49% -4
Do not check driving licences 15% 15%
Do not monitor drivers’ hours 78% 75% -3
Let employees use their own vehicle for business 68% 70% +2
Do not check MoTs on employee owned vehicles 74% 68% -6
Do not check employees are insured for business use 22% 19% -3
Do not check any aspect of the vehicle condition 85% 79% -6

Source: Jaama

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