Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions puts own fleet through health check day
The firm recently held its second health check day to highlight the importance of regular vehicle safety checks, as part of the company’s own rigorous duty of care policy.
'Like any company, we have a legal responsibility to the safety of our staff and we take this very seriously. As such we have a rigorous duty of care policy in place, which involves the annual staff vehicle health check days. Through these events we want to set the benchmark for what other companies should be doing, and lead by example,' said Simon Oliphant, chief executive at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions.
The health check day found that the main problem areas were damaged windscreens, with 27% of the vehicles registering with this fault, while over a third of those checked had low levels of washer fluid.
However, Hitachi Capital said that the event highlighted how grey fleet safety awareness has improved since the previous vehicle health check day. At the first event, 88% of grey fleet vehicles needed attention of some kind. At the latest event this was reduced to 30% of vehicles checked.
Hitachi Capital is encouraging companies to organise their own annual car check day to ensure that they are meeting their duty of care responsibility and encouraging staff to carry out regular basic checks of fluid levels, lights, wipers, tyres and glass.
Mr Oliphant explained: 'It is easy for companies to forget their responsibility with regards to ensuring the safety of the vehicles which their staff use for business purposes. But, with corporate manslaughter fines starting at £100,000 for safety breaches, and the obvious human cost, it should not be ignored.'