When you’re running a business, you’ve got a whole host of obligations. Those obligations range from profit obligations to shareholders all the way to smaller obligations, like a promise made to a junior member of your team.
Above all else though, your first and primary obligation is always that of the safety of your employees. It comes above all else and is severely punished by the law should you fail to ensure effective care and protection for your staff.
In your own premises, ensuring safety is simple. After all, the risks within a building are often predictable and easy to manage. But what about when your staff step outside of your premises and take to the road using your fleet vehicles? You still have a duty of care, after all.
The answer is fleet risk management, but what are the hidden threats to your business that fleet risk management can protect against? Let’s take a look.
Invalid/banned driving licenses
It might seem like a slim risk, but there are a shocking number of drivers on the road which have had their licence revoked, are driving with an expired license or have been disqualified from driving for a period. In fact, 1 in 650 drivers who have had their licence checked are driving while disqualified and 1 in 300 have a revoked or expiring licence. Additionally, 1 in 16 drivers have issues with their photocard.
Driving with any of these issues is illegal and, should an accident happen, you will be held personally liable for failing to check their credentials. It’s why fleet driving license checking is utterly vital in a comprehensive risk management solution.
Bad driving habits
We’re all guilty of bad driving habits, picked up over years of driving the roads. Those bad habits are dangerous in our own vehicles, but in a fleet vehicle, it risks putting the entire business at risk unless you move to address them.
Whether it’s things like taking a corner too quickly, failing to check wing mirrors, consistently driving above the speed limit, late braking or any other bad driving habit, anything can put you, your staff and the public’s safety at risk. It’s why driver retraining is a legal requirement.
You can be as safe as possible on the road, but you simply can’t always predict what other drivers on the road will do. Either by inattention, inebriation or simply dangerous driving, many accidents which happen won’t be your staff’s fault.
Fleet driver training, however, can teach your staff to pay closer attention to the warning signs and act accordingly. It’s another small way that training proves essential – especially if it saves a life.