Why Risk Management?

Not every business has a dedicated fleet manager which often means that this complex task is in addition to another role. There are a number of challenges involved in looking after a fleet that, when done badly, can compromise the well-being of drivers and the efficiency of operations. This is where Risk Management comes in. This proactive approach not only safeguards against accidents and operational disruptions but also cultivates a culture of responsibility, accountability, and continuous improvement within the fleet.

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The Benefits of Driver Risk Management

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Avoid costly vehicle repairs from bumps & scrapes

Repairs can be expensive, especially when dealing with multiple vehicles, and preventing such damages reduces the strain on the businesses budget.

In addition to cost savings, vehicles that are free from damages caused by bumps and scrapes remain in operational service for longer periods. This translates to fewer disruptions in the fleet’s schedule and more consistent service delivery to clients and customers.

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Reduce your fleet's insurance premiums

Lower premiums free up budget resources that can be allocated to other operational needs or investments. With reduced financial liabilities, the fleet can better weather unexpected expenses and economic fluctuations.

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Keep on the right side of safety legislation

Employers have a legal duty to keep their staff safe whilst on the job. Staying on the right side of safety legislation ensures that the fleet operates within the boundaries of the law, minimising the risk of fines, penalties, and legal disputes.

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Why Fleet Management Matters

Government data reveals that each year, roughly 40,000 individuals sustain injuries in accidents involving drivers on the job. It’s crucial to note that these figures account for reported injuries alone, leaving countless incidents unaccounted for. Moreover, numerous collisions result in vehicle or property damage, exacerbating the potential risks. Surprisingly, the probability of an injury collision occurring while driving for work stands at just 1 in 500, a ratio that underlines the misleading optimism harboured by many individuals who never fathom such an event occurring to them.

Consider this: if you manage a fleet comprising 500 vehicles, statistical expectations dictate that your drivers will likely be entangled in at least one injury-related collision annually on average. However, the odds could become even less favorable if drivers and vehicles are not managed and supervised effectively.

Under the purview of the Health and Safety at Work Act, those entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing drivers and vehicles bear a legal duty of care. This duty necessitates taking “reasonably practicable” measures to mitigate risks for staff members and others potentially affected by the company’s operations. In essence, this legislation mandates several pivotal obligations:

  1. The company must avoid actions that endanger drivers.
  2. Work-related driving activities must not pose threats to other road users.
  3. Directors must implement suitable policies and protocols to uphold these standards.
  4. All employees, encompassing drivers, managers, and directors, must consistently adhere to these policies and procedures.

Navigating this framework successfully hinges on comprehending how these legal obligations are distributed across all tiers of the business structure:

  • Directors and managers shoulder the responsibility of recognising and managing risks while establishing necessary policies and procedures.
  • Drivers, in turn, are accountable for abiding by these procedures and exercising responsible conduct on the road, including adherence to the Highway Code.
  • Line managers, work schedulers, and similar roles play a crucial part in managing risks by preventing undue pressures that might induce speeding or fatigue among drivers.

Coordinated awareness of these responsibilities and their collective fulfilment yields a range of benefits, such as:

  • Lowered risk exposure for drivers during their journeys.
  • Diminished likelihood of the business being held at fault for accidents, thereby reducing the risk of prosecution and substantial fines.
  • Decreased operational expenses linked to the fleet, including insurance, fuel, and maintenance costs.

In summary, entrusting driver risk management to chance is a perilous gamble. Effective measures, informed by knowledge and meticulous planning, are indispensable to safeguard drivers, other road users, and your business from potential harm. Through concerted efforts, the tangible advantages manifest not only in improved road safety but also in the resilience and prosperity of your business as a whole.

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Driving for Better Business is an organisation dedicated to revolutionising the way companies approach driver risk management, road safety, and operational efficiency. From legal obligations and best practices to the tangible benefits of strategic driver risk management, the insights gained from Driving for Better Business are invaluable to fleet operations.

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1 Do you currently undertake online automated driver licence checking for your drivers?

2 Do you currently undertake on-line driver risk assessment?

3 Do your drivers receive in-vehicle training when joining the company or receive periodic refresher driver training?

4 Does your fleet contain commercial vehicles such as vans or 4X4?

5 Do you have a 'Grey Fleet' i.e., drivers who use their own cars for business purposes?