Fleets should be on the ball over World Cup drink driving
That's according to Arval's fleet and road safety manager, Tracey Scarr, who says businesses in particular need to be mindful of staff issues around excessive consumption of alcohol and the obvious consequences for safe driving practices.
With the England kick-off against Slovenia taking place on Wednesday 23 June at 3pm UK time, Arval says this is a prime example of an occasion when staff viewing the game on work premises may be tempted to either consume too much alcohol (if provided), or potentially use the evening to celebrate an England victory or commiserate over a defeat, with obvious repercussions for driver safety the next morning.
Ms Scarr said: 'There is no real magic formula for working out the after affects of alcohol when considering if it is safe to drive the following morning. It can be based upon a number of factors including general health, whether food has been consumed, or even if the driver is taking any medication. In the euphoria of a potential England win, normally responsible staff who have over-celebrated and then plan to drive the next morning may well be putting themselves and others at risk. This is in addition to the consequences for businesses with disruption to work should their staff drivers fall foul of the law either by losing their driving licences or being involved in crash incidents.'
Whilst individual staff members have a clear responsibility to act according to the law when it comes to keeping within safe drink drive limits companies should help remind staff of their responsibilities to practice safe driving.
In Arval's view, companies should look to prepare for the football bonanza with a proactive approach to communication, information and support that includes appropriate reminders to staff around drink driving limit issues when it affects drivers in the workplace, and to think about putting some practical measures in place to prevent drink driving, for example encouraging staff to organise such things as nominated driver car share schemes for the duration of the football.
The firm also points to a number of websites that provide information, posters and advice for businesses around World Cup drink drive issues, including www.worldcupdrinkdrive.org.uk. In addition, the Brake website hosts a "morning after calculator" at www.brake.org.uk.