Some 44% of people who drive in their jobs would be glad to have specific training – but 72% say they’ve never been offered it, a new survey reveals.
Only 3% of people who answered the survey by driver risk management service IAM Drive & Survive on Springboard UK say they’ve been offered such training but turned it down.
The people who said they wouldn’t want training – just under 50% – most commonly said they wouldn’t have time or don’t need to brush up their skills.
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Not having the correct training can leave staff at risk of a road accident
About one in three severe or fatal accidents involve those who drive in their jobs, it has been estimated.
Companies have a legal duty to look after their staff, and driving at work is covered by a 2007 Act of Parliament on corporate homicide and manslaughter. It says firms can be convicted of those crimes when they grossly breach their duty of care due to significant management errors.
Asked which areas of motoring they feel they could boost with some training, almost 30% go for the Highway Code and nearly 20% say tips on fuel efficiency.
Some 17% admit they could be helped to stay within the speed limit and 14% would like a hand with parking and other manoeuvres.
IAM Drive & Survive is running a competition in which drivers who know their Highway Code can land an iPad Mini. It is using Twitter to issue a road rules question per day for 10 days, with all the right answers entered into a draw for the prize.
Onus on managers
The organisation’s chief executive says staff and other people using the roads are being put at risk if company chiefs don’t properly protect their employees who have to drive, saying it comes down to “poor management” choices.
Simon Best says the survey demonstrates that pressure from the Government to make people stick to driving safety rules is “not working”. He adds that continuing to develop staff skills is important and firms must work harder to put that across.
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Date Published: July 16, 2014
Author: David Brown