Employers who own a fleet have a duty of care to their drivers as well as to other road users. Fleet operators may have lorries, vans or other vehicles on the road and should ensure that their drivers know how to behave in order to protect themselves and others from a potential accident. Health and safety training is a part of every job, and driving is no exception, but many operators merely ensure that their drivers have a full licence.
Some do not teach simple road safety at all according to recent figures but others only teach certain aspects of safety. Fleets should ensure that their drivers are aware of what is accepted as safe practice and what is not and there should be ongoing training to ensure that any new developments are covered. Mobile phones are a distraction and could cause an accident if a driver is distracted by the ringtone or chooses to answer it while at the wheel.
Where possible, fleet drivers should turn off their mobile phone. In addition, fleet drivers should be aware of their responsibility to the public. In areas where pedestrians or children are likely to be abundant, drivers should stick to speeds of 20mph. This will ensure that the large vehicle is able to stop suddenly in the event of an emergency. If fleet operators have not provided training, there could be potential for an accident to occur. If you have been involved in an accident with a fleet driver, you could be entitled to compensation from the company.
When to make a claim
The company operating the fleet may be at fault if they have not provided training to their drivers.
However, there may be drivers who are reckless and choose to ignore any training provided.
Either way, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if someone else was at fault for your accident with a fleet driver. Call us to discuss making a compensation claim.
How we can help
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Date Published: December 17, 2014