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The increasing prominence of the often poorly defined ‘Grey Fleet’, has been quite astonishing. The combined impact of Brexit and the global pandemic have seen wholesale changes to the way people work, and while the rise of the grey fleet was already an established trend, the pandemic has dramatically accelerated this shift. With fewer company vehicles and changes in the way people work, grey fleets are widely becoming a default solution.
Why does this matter? Well, it’s largely about your duty of care as an employer. If an employee is involved in an incident while driving for work, the company or organisation could be liable for any damage or injuries that occur. As an employer managing a grey fleet, it’s more difficult to have proper oversight of the safety of vehicles being used, and driver behaviour. So, companies and organisations that rely on a grey fleet must be proactive in managing this risk, or they could be held accountable.
Driver training is one of the best ways to reduce overall fleet risks and can not only improve driver safety, but it can also ensure compliance with legal obligations and duty of care responsibilities. Through the provision of regular training, it is possible to promote a culture of compliance amongst employees while also demonstrating that the business or organisation is committed to minimising risks to employees. Implementing a driver training programme can also help to reduce costs while providing grey fleet managers with real peace of mind.
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