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Businesses must have robust road safety policy, says The AA

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The AA is calling on fleet managers and business owners to ensure they have a robust road safety policy for winter driving.

The call comes after the recent poor weather conditions in the UK, which left many employees stranded at home, unable to travel, or broken down in an attempt to get to work in the hazardous conditions.

December 11 was The AA’s businest day, recording 24,000 break downs.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness, advises business owners and employers that health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system.

Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services at the AA, said: “Following the terrible weather conditions that have hit the UK, there is a clear need for businesses to ensure their health and safety policy contains guidance on road safety.

“In particular, this applies to so-called grey fleets, the terms used to describe any vehicles which are used for business travel but are not owned by the company. This should include guidance on what to do in the event of poor weather conditions. Many company car drivers have been left unsure of their company’s policy, with some still attempting to travel in the snow.”

According to The AA,  your road safety policy should cover every issue your drivers could face, from prohibiting alcohol and drug use while driving, to driver behaviour and self-care behind the wheel.

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