Fleet Risk Control


fatigue is related to the TOTAL TIME spent at work and NOT just the time spent behind the wheel.


Does YOUR company or organisation have an effective fatigue policy?

Driver fatigue


Sleepiness reduces reaction time (a critical element of safe driving). It also reduces vigilance, alertness and concentration so that the ability to perform attention-based activities (such as driving) is impaired.

Companies an organisations needs to be aware of the risk sustained by a driver having had insufficient or poor quality of sleep BEFORE driving, which can be the most important factor.

The risks need to be assessed and control measures introduced and the general principle of being fit for the tasks undertaken should apply. This principle of fitness to drive should be expanded to include a driver's general and specific health and well-being.

It should be noted that as little as two hours sleep loss on one occasion can affect reaction time, mental functioning, memory, mood and alertness.

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ABOUT 300 PEOPLE are killed each year as a result of Drivers falling asleep at the wheel. -  Drivers who have not had adequate sleep the night before are the most common cause of fatigue-related accidents Tired Driver
Selby train crash

As a consequence of falling asleep at the wheel of his Land Rover on 28th February 2001, six passengers and four railways workers were unlawfully killed.

Gary Hart had set off on a 150 mile journey which was never to be completed - it ended on the tracks of the East Coast Main Line at Selby where his Land Rover, which was towing a car, had come to rest after he fell asleep and lost control, plunging down an embankment off the M62.

Hart denied falling asleep at the wheel of his car but was found guilty of 10 counts of causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to a five-year prison sentence.


In August 2003, Det. Con John Needham was riding in a cycling event on the A50 near the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border and was struck and killed by Sean Emery; a lorry driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel. He was an agency driver with a driving services company in Stoke and had been with the vehicle for 41 out of the previous 57 hours. The longest period of sleep he'd had in the previous 3 days was just 3 hours. The police estimated that at times he could have been driving for 110 hours a week.

The driver was jailed for death by dangerous driving, along with his boss, for manslaughter, for encouraging staff to work well beyond the limit imposed on HGV drivers. At the time he was driving a vehicle from a well known supermarket chain and the police believe that Emery was not questioned effectively by their staff about the false declarations he had made. Had they done so, the police believe that his lies would have been obvious.

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