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10% of fleet drivers pose serious danger

So says E-Training World based on a decade’s worth of driver appraisals from its assessment and training programme.

The company’s analysis over the last 10 years found a steady trend revealing an average 9% of company car, van and HGV drivers are high risk, 68% are medium risk and only 23% low risk.

‘While some individual companies show variations to these figures, this trend is based upon average statistics across all drivers,’ said Graham Hurdle, managing director of E-Training World.

‘The aim of any risk assessment is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a driver and establish what risk they pose when behind the wheel. Our system achieves that by taking the long-established methods of evaluating a driver’s attitude, knowledge, concentration and observation and hazard perception.

‘Each section of the assessment carries equal weight and we do not penalise drivers if they are young, drive high mileages or have points on their licence. The risk rating is calculated on their ability and has proven to be extremely accurate and, using the results, companies can not only enjoy peace of mind that they have adhered to their duty of care requirements, they can also make intelligent decisions regarding whether a driver needs training and what form that training should take.

‘For companies that used to provide on road training to all, or 30-40% of their drivers, gathering accurate data saves them money by only needing to invest in on-road training with the drivers who need it,’ added Hurdle. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.