Employers 'must boost work driving training'

21-12-2006

Employers 'must boost work driving training'
Employers have been called on to increase staff training on safe driving practices after new figures revealed that 25 per cent of road deaths in 2005 involved an at-work driver.

The figures obtained from the Department of Transport by road safety charity Brake showed that 850 people were killed and over 6,000 injured in crashes involving people who were driving for their work.

Brake has released a free DVD for company drivers, which contains interviews with families bereaved of loved-ones by car crashes involving at-work drivers.

It is the first time that the figures have been released as prior to this, police did not record the journey purposes of those involved in crashes.

"These figures demonstrate how important it is that, firstly, the government takes corporate responsibility for at-work driving seriously and, secondly, all employers take the life-saving steps of educating employees on safe driving and effectively managing their road risk," said Brake head of education Jools Townsend.

The charity has called for firms to be required to report all at-work driving accidents to the health and safety executive.


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