Driving for work

Westminster Compliance | 29/06/2018

Most organisations take great care to ensure that anybody who drives a vehicle under their instruction is safe and healthy enough to do so.  Simple procedures such as having regular checks on driving licences and vehicle safety are sensible.  However, many business owners are under the impression that the law only applies to employees who drive a company owned vehicle.  This is simply not the case: for example, if a person is asked/instructed to drive their own vehicle on behalf of their employer then that employer can be held responsible for any incidents or accidents that occur.  It is the duty of all businesses to ensure that anyone driving on their behalf is safe and healthy.

 

It is not just people who need to be checked.  Vehicles must be roadworthy and regular checks and maintenance records must be kept in case of accidents or incidents involving these vehicles.  Copies of all records must be kept (up to date) as must MOT certificates, staff driving licences and any other relevant paperwork.  As with every other work-related task, risk assessments are a legal requirement and these should also be recorded and reviewed.

 

There are many ways that these processes can be simplified and there is plenty of help for those who are unsure about any of the above. The HSE have great advice at this link:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/roadsafety/employers.htm

or as always we would be more than happy to answer any questions at admin@westminstercompliance.co.uk

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