For most people, driving or riding will be the most dangerous work activity they do.
Around one third of all road traffic collisions (RTCs) in Britain involve someone driving or riding as part of their job and countless other RTCs involve people travelling to or from their workplace.
Although the risks cannot be completely controlled, employers or companies who engage drivers and riders must take all reasonable steps to manage these risks and do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm in the same way as they would in a fixed workplace.
HSE and the Department for Transport have worked with stakeholders to create new ‘Driving and riding safely for work’ webpages.
There is clear, simple guidance:
- for employers and those who engage drivers and riders on how to make sure the journey, driver and vehicle are safe
- for workers and those who drive and ride for work on their responsibilities
In recent years there have been significant developments in driving technologies, employment status and driving practices.
The new webpages explain the responsibilities of anyone who engages workers to drive and ride for work, whether in an HGV or on a two-wheeled vehicle.
The guidance covers health and wellbeing as well as safety.
Read more: Driving and riding safely for work