UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy
Jul20

UK businesses left exposed by lack of road safety policy

More than a fifth (21 per cent) of UK companies whose employees drive for work purposes have no road safety policy in place, new research has revealed. The study by TomTom Telematics among senior managers at 400 UK businesses found a further four per cent did not know whether their organisation had a defined policy. At the same time, 60 per cent of respondents said staff members had been involved in road traffic accidents while on...

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Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers
Jun20

Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers

It is generally understood that as an ‘at work’ activity, driving for work purposes comes within an employer’s responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In its latest ‘fit to drive’ campaign, road-safety charity Brake has highlighted that the organisation may be prosecuted if a crash is proven to have resulted from lack of fitness to drive and the organisation is judged to have been negligent in preventing it. Specsavers...

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Bad drivers are an HR nightmare
Apr13

Bad drivers are an HR nightmare

Guest blog by Andy Shettle, Software Europe Driving remains one of the most dangerous activities for employees to undertake for work purposes. Of the high number of fatal road casualties occurring in Great Britain each year, between 500-600 incidents are people or vehicles in work-related crashes. If that’s not enough to be a cause for concern for HR, then perhaps the prospect of picking up the blame for your employee’s bad driving...

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Leading salary sacrifice provider launches scheme for high mileage business drivers
Feb28

Leading salary sacrifice provider launches scheme for high mileage business drivers

Fleet Evolution, one of the country’s leading providers of car salary sacrifice schemes to SMEs, has launched a scheme to give drivers who cover a lot of miles peace of mind when it comes to their vehicles. The newly-announced Employee Car Ownership (ECO) scheme will allow employees who do high business mileage to own a company car with employer volume discounts – but without forking out any company car tax. Andrew Leech, Managing...

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As nights get darker, are your driver risk assessments ready?
Oct27

As nights get darker, are your driver risk assessments ready?

Employers have a responsibility for the health and safety of all employees carrying out work activities, this includes when they are driving for work.  They are also required to consider any risks and take reasonable steps to minimise them. Driving is recognised as one of the most dangerous work tasks that most people perform, not only could any miscalculation injure the driver or someone in your workforce, but also members of the...

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Recruiting a new Fleet Manager?  It may be time to re-think the role
Oct13

Recruiting a new Fleet Manager? It may be time to re-think the role

Guest blog by Mike Manners, managing director, CBVC Vehicle Management Increasingly, the fleet management function is being transferred to HR departments and left to personnel managers or administrators to manage company cars as part of the wider benefits package. However, for many SMEs, as well as recruitment challenges there are practical, logistical and – perhaps most importantly of all – legal pitfalls in fleet management that are...

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TUC Boss delivers powerful challenge to big businesses who ‘treat staff like animals’
Sep12

TUC Boss delivers powerful challenge to big businesses who ‘treat staff like animals’

At today’s TUC conference in Brighton, Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary has taken her speech to warn big companies “with a dirty little secret” that trade unions will take action against companies who ‘treat workers like animals’. Mrs. O’Grady took time in her speech to reflect on reports about the way some big brands treat their staff.  Companies such as Sports Direct have faced high...

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Transport Committee MPs warn of ‘looming driver shortfall’ in road haulage sector
Aug02

Transport Committee MPs warn of ‘looming driver shortfall’ in road haulage sector

An inquiry report released by the Transport Committee has this week warned that current measures from industry and Government will not be enough to tackle the looming shortfall of skilled HGV drivers. 85% of all goods consumed in the UK are currently moved by road, so any shortage in lorry drivers is a threat to British industry as a whole. 91% Operators report driver shortages 91% of companies surveyed by the Freight Transport...

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Employing HGV drivers? HSE issue warning after death of road worker
Jun06

Employing HGV drivers? HSE issue warning after death of road worker

HGV drivers are frequently putting lives at risk by not following basic safety procedures when coupling and uncoupling vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive warned today. The workplace health and safety regulator urged drivers to apply parking brakes and use (or retrofit) warning alarms to avoid a repeat of an incident in January 2015 when a 20-year-old man died. Road worker Dale Pentney was crushed by an HGV tractor unit which...

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53% of employers ‘not confident’ about their driver’s eyesight
Jun01

53% of employers ‘not confident’ about their driver’s eyesight

Employers are putting their employees and their company reputation at risk by not providing eyecare for employees who drive. This is according to research revealed today by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare. Just 16% of employers have eyecare for all drivers Less than half are confident that employees can see adequately to drive The figures show that less than a third of employers (28%) have an eyecare policy for any of their drivers and...

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Train Conductor Sickness NOT Industrial Action, says RMT
May17

Train Conductor Sickness NOT Industrial Action, says RMT

Sir Peter Bottomley, MP has today alleged in a report in the Argus that a sudden high level of sickness among train conductors is actually organised industrial action. He claimed that there was a “bluntly obvious” organised stay away from work.   Southern Railway is cancelling many of its services in order to cope with what Southern bosses have referred to as an “unusually high level of staff sickness” among conductors,...

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Transportation Employees losing up to 27 days a year from stress
Apr19

Transportation Employees losing up to 27 days a year from stress

Research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace (BHW)*, surveying more than 32,538 workers across all UK industries, revealed that high stress and lack of physical activity are causing industries to lose up to 27 days of productive time per employee each year. While poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes have a severe effect on long-term health, it is stress and physical activity which have biggest impact on day to day productivity. The...

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