Only 18 out of 251 companies questioned for a study had carried out fleet risk assessments as recommended in the Health and Safety Executive’s guidelines on managing at-work road safety.
It says the major omission involves the estimated four million employees who drive on business but who do not receive a company car or a cash allowance.
A quarter of firms admitted they did not include such employees in their road safety procedures, creating what report author Alphabet calls a ‘safety black hole’.
More positive is the fact that company boardrooms appear to be taking fleet issues more seriously, compared to its 2005 report.
But worryingly, of 550 business drivers quizzed, eight out of 10 admit company policies have no effect on their behaviour behind the wheel, including their use of mobile phones when driving.
Alphabet commercial director Richard Schooling said: ‘Businesses still have much work to do to turn policies and promises into practical action steps that will increase safety and cut costs.’
The findings are the latest to come from Alphabet’s Risk and Reward survey 2007. The same report revealed that more and more fleets are turning away from cash alternatives and returning to company car schemes (Fleet News, February 15).