Managing risk for Fleet Managers involves the process of ensuring that companies do as much as possible to make sure that companies vehicle drivers are insured, safely protected and are aware of dangers while out on the road. Much of the processes in ensuring these are focussed around awareness in training for vehicle inspections prior to use and challenging the behaviours of bad habits that are usually a result of the lack in maintaining a duty of care policy.
Some of these areas are as follows:
Driver awareness, risk assessment and training
Comprehensive driver training and risk assessment can significantly reduce accident numbers, minimising costs associated with accident repairs, replacement vehicle hire and downtime.
Vehicle tracking solutions
Gain a complete insight into the exact location of your entire fleet at any given time, allowing you to track and recover stolen vehicles, whilst aiding driver route and logistical planning. This facilitates the monitoring of driver behaviour, identifying training opportunities for more fuel efficient, safer driving practices.
Handbooks and driver cards
Ensuring your drivers know what to do in the event of any incident in which they are representing your business is crucial – both for their safety and your reputation.
Driver Licence Checks
This is vital to ensure your fleet is fully compliant from both a legal and Duty of Care perspective notifying you should any points be added to one of your driver’s licences.
Parking fine and congestion charge management
The cost of parking fines and congestion charges can soon mount up. This is usually a dedicated in-house function to administratively manage fines, payments and appeals, to invoicing of individual drivers and communication with charging authorities. These functions are usually outsourced.
Every company has a legal obligation or duty of care to make sure that a workplace is safe and to prevent risks to health from occurring. The workplace extends to the companies vehicles that employees drive on business, this in effect means that companies need to educate drivers of the dangers while out on the roads and make sure the vehicles they drive are safe and the driver themselves is both a responsible driver but a safety conscious one too.
Duty of care for fleets is an important necessity to enforce, to make sure companies are both compliant and not liable.