January 31st, 2017
Driving for work has now become unavoidable in most jobs, and for this reason there has been an increasing focus on the employer’s duty of care to their employees whilst driving for work.
It is no secret that our motorways are now filled with branded commercial vehicles transporting consumer goods from one end of our country to the other. When we think of driving for work, we sometimes don’t think about a company vehicle as a place of work.
Section 2 of ‘The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005’ states that a company vehicle is considered to be a place of work, and should be fit for the purpose intended. This Act clearly defines the onus of responsibility to the employer to provide a safe environment for their employees in relation to driving on company business. Organisations are expected to do everything that could be reasonably expected of them to ensure the safety of their employees.
One process that has been introduced is a daily driver check. This is a process whereby drivers conduct a daily walk around check of their vehicle to ensure that there is nothing dangerous or faulty with the vehicle in a bid to prevent harm to themselves or anyone else on the road.
These daily checks involve in cab checks, external checks, Mirror and window checks, access checks, Lights, indicators and reflectors, load security and wheels and tyres. These checks need to be recorded on a daily basis and can be audited at any time.
There are a number of substantial benefits to these 5 minute daily checks. One of the most important being the avoidance of any kind of prosecution for the company should they be audited. Other benefits include early intervention on possible vehicle problems which in turn reduces the amount of driver downtime and prevents unpredicted expenses for the company if an issue is discovered early.
As one can imagine, the task of daily driver checks magnifies in conjunction with fleet size. If a company has a particularly large fleet of vehicles, it can be difficult to ensure that all drivers are complying with this legislation and more importantly recording their checks.
Here at Merrion Fleet we are forward thinking in our efforts to make this a quick and easy task for drivers. We have created an app with a built in checklist that drivers simply need to tick off every day. We store these checks on our data base accessible to the managers of your company should you ever be audited. This takes the hassle and paperwork off your desk which in turn allows you to focus on your business priorities.
Managing a safer fleet can have key cost saving benefits to your company. Merrion fleet can offer a number of fleet safety initiatives including fleet checks, driver briefing sessions, driver’s license checks & Insurance declarations as well as accident reporting & follow up recommendations. We feel that these initiatives can help a company to reduce their overall costs and maximise their production capabilities.
Health and safety is paramount to running a safe fleet and Merrion Fleet will continue to promote responsible fleet safety for both the driver and the employee.