Companies are being urged to step up their commitment to safer business driving on UK roads, by recommending organisations they employ or hire carry the ISO 39001 accreditation, which shows their drivers have met some of the highest safety standards.
The call comes from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which recently conducted a survey revealing that 72% of people who drove for business reasons had been offered no training by their employer at all – even though 44% of them said they would welcome the opportunity.
The figures relating to driving for work accidents are alarming:
While driver training courses are widely available, the IAM is disappointed that very few employers choose to enrol their company drivers in them. The IAM reminds them they are legally obliged to protect their employees, and suggests contracts involving road use should be looking to include ISO 39001.
“This is a problem that people conveniently sweep under the carpet,” commented Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research. “It simply isn’t enough to give an employee a vehicle and send him on his way as a representative of your organisation – there is too much at stake.”
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