Fleet Risk Control




Many drivers have the necessary skills yet THEY STILL HAVE ACCIDENTS!


Driver training, as with most interventions IS ONLY EVER TRULY EFFECTIVE as part of an integrated risk management approach.

Driver training


Road accidents happen due to inattention and distraction as well as failure to observe the Highway Code and Companies and organisations therefore need to consider what steps should be taken to ensure that employees use roads as safely as possible.

Driving safety and driving skill are both aspects of the same ability – that of the control of position and speed of the vehicle relative to anything else on the road.

Companies and organisations must ensure that employees have the necessary competence to drive safely. This includes ensuring appropriate attitudes as well as behaviour.

Employers must assess the risks involved in their staff's use of the road for work and put in place all 'reasonably practicable' measures to manage those risks. One such risk is staff making or receiving calls on a mobile phone whilst driving.

Good Driver

It is far better to spend a little time on evaluation first, thus resulting in training that is both specific and targeted. All too often there are cases of drivers being trained in the skills they already have and other instances of drivers not being trained in the skills they desperately need.


Make sure YOUR training is appropriate

In many instances companies purchase 'off the shelf' training. In other words they do not ensure that training is tailored to suit the specific driver needs. For example, if the predominant cause of loss was reversing with say 30% of losses emanating from this category, it would be interesting to see how much of the course content actually focuses on this aspect.


Driver CPC - is YOUR company prepared?

The Driver CPC is for LGV and PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life.

For new drivers the initial qualification includes a four hour theory test and a two hour driving and practical test when combined with the licence acquisition tests.

All drivers, new and existing will then have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their driver CPC is current.

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