Fleet Driver Training: Why?

Why Target Driver Risk?

Recent research1 suggests that between a quarter and one third of fatal and serious crashes involve a driver who is either at work or is on their way to work. In real terms this equates to around 1,000 crashes with a fatal outcome each year which so easily could be one of your employees.

Statistically2, in one year, the math suggests as a minimum that a work related incident happens, for car drivers, once in every 250 crashes involving someone at work. If your employee is driving a commercial vehicle, the likelihood is that they would statistically have an even higher chance (1:145) of being involved.

Again, statistically, on an average of 25,000 miles per annum, a company car driver will have a 1:8,000 chance of being killed over their working lifetime (40 years), which equates to 1:200.

Looking at the whole picture the total casualties for 2007 were 247,780 of which 30,720 were of a serious nature and 2,946 were fatalities. This carnage results in terrible human suffering. It also has an economic cost to the nation and in turn to industry. It is estimated the total costs are around £3 billion of which between a quarter to one third are directly related to at work crashes which is the equivalent of £120,000,000 - £909,090,000 being picked up by Industry, which in turn has to be defrayed by industries clients.

By targeting Driver Risk your company can also reduce many ancillary costs relating to the driving of vehicles for and on behalf of its business activities. One of the largest items that have to be paid for is the actual costs of running a commercial fleet of vehicles (of any class). By targeting Driver Risk and providing better driver training, efficiencies can be made on:

  • Fuel consumption;
  • General maintenance;
  • Vehicle wear and tear;
  • Crash repairs;
  • Vehicle down time;
  • Personnel Injuries;
  • Personnel down time;
  • Agency employee costs;
  • Future cost of Insurance and Insurance Excess payments.

The list is not exhaustive, however couple this to the needs of every manager to ensure they conform to the Corporate Manslaughter & Homicide Act 2007 the forward thinking company will see the need to implement policies incorporating this aspect of a duty of care towards its employee drivers.

1 - http://www.hse.gov.uk/consult/disdocs/dde16.htm - Accessed 20/04/09.
2 - Road Casualty Great Britain Annual Report 2007 (RCGB 2007) Accessed 20/04/09