Driver audit 'essential'

02 December 2015

Fleets are being urged to implement driver audits into their overall licence checking and risk prevention strategy by Licence Bureau, to ensure they are effectively managing driver risk throughout their business.

The independent fleet driving licence checking and compliance company is advising fleets to ensure that both drivers and non-drivers are fully aware of their health and safety responsibilities. All businesses are obliged to guarantee – as much as is reasonably practical – that the health, safety and welfare of employees is properly managed in the workplace, which includes driving on business.

This includes making sure all employees remain compliant and aware of general company policy, including the driving handbook, using a mobile phone at the wheel, fatigue, general wellbeing and eyesight.

Employee audits should also include bespoke questions for any specific equipment or vehicles that staff operate. This is crucial for ensuring that any employees with medical conditions, which could affect their ability to carry out their work, is properly managed.

With many fleets employing staff from overseas, the Hemel Hempstead-based company is also reminding fleets not to overlook basic Right to Work checks for employees, to verify their eligibility to work in the UK. This includes the checking of key documents – for all employees – such as driving licences, passports and visas outlining restrictions to the work they can carry out.

“In order to build a proper picture of all staff, Licence Bureau strongly recommends implementing bespoke audits for drivers and non-drivers, plus carrying out Right to Work checks on any necessary employees,” Malcolm Maycock, MD of Licence Bureau, said.

“Without these, organisations could be liable for prosecution under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, posing a substantial risk to the business. Failing to recognise any unique circumstances that relate to employees driving on business could pose a substantial risk to a company’s risk prevention strategy”.