Fleet Risk Control
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Employers owe THE SAME DUTY OF CARE under health and safety legislation to staff who drive THEIR OWN VEHICLES FOR WORK however occasionally, as they do employees who drive company owned, leased or hired vehicles.

Business use of 'other' or grey fleet vehicles


The 'grey fleet' vehicles can be simply defined as:

"ANY vehicle that is used by an employee for making a work-related journey. This could be a cash-for-car, a car obtained via an Employee Car Ownership (ECO) scheme, a privately-owned vehicle used for occasional journeys or a vehicle that the employee has hired outside of any company-provided scheme."



This raises enormous Health and Safety issues, which need to be addressed

and for which the company still remains liabile



Within many companies and organisations, policies become focused on the main fleet risk and often either don't include the 'grey' fleet or include it on a peripheral basis only.

A systematic approach to this issue needs to be adopted and consideration given to ALL drivers who may fall within this category, however infrequently. The risks need to be assessed taking into account the frequency of which vehicles are used in this way, together with the duration and possible severity of injury governed to a certain extent by the type of vehicle.

What is meant by 'driving for work'?    


In the United Kingdom the term 'driving for work' means driving on a public highway in the course of work and includes:

  • Travel between sites
  • Travel on ANY company/organisational business
  • Driving from home to an appointment or to go to a work location, which is NOT the employee's normal place of work in their own vehicle. This could for example include travelling to a course, or between locations.
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