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Greater fleet dialogue on mental health needed, says FleetCheck

With around one in four people likely to be affected by a mental health problem during their lives, the subject of mental health should be featured in risk management assessments.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck.

So says FleetCheck as it points to research suggesting around one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and says more open dialogue about mental health should extend into the fleet risk management sector.

Peter Golding, managing director, said: “There is research to show that depression can have a direct impact in areas such as concentration and reaction times, both of which have a direct effect on your suitability to be driving. Fleets should arguably be considering these issues and including them in their risk management strategies.”

Golding added that FleetCheck was currently developing a risk management app for a client who had specified a catch-all wellbeing question for fleet drivers, designed to form part of their regular walkaround vehicle checks.

“This is certainly a question that could potentially help to highlight any underlying or emerging mental health problems from which a driver may be suffering that could compromise their abilities behind the wheel,” he commented.

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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.