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Only 41% of fleet drivers receive formal driver training

The warning comes from ALD Automotive,following a recent survey of almost 1,000 business drivers that showed only 41% had been given any formal driver training or coaching by their employer, and less than 2% expected to receive any specific training in the next 12 months.

The survey also found that less than a quarter of employees had been asked to perform a health check to ensure that they were fit to drive for work purposes and less than 1% expected to have a health check in 2013.

These findings come despite wide-ranging legislation introduced over the last 10 years to raise the profile of duty of care for the three million drivers of company vehicles on the road in the UK.

Commenting on the survey, Mel Dawson, managing director for ALD Automotive UK, said: ‘As we know, existing legislation requires employers to ensure the safety of staff undertaking any form of driving for work-related reasons. These statistics are concerning as they suggest a large proportion of businesses are, perhaps, still not giving this area of fleet the priority it needs to have.

‘Despite the tough economic climate, road risk management is more important than ever, so we are urging employers to put a comprehensive road risk policy in place, before it’s too late, to ensure the safety of their employees and others on the road.

‘Besides the moral and legal obligation to do so, an effective occupational road risk policy will also lead to significant financial savings from reductions in accidents, insurance premiums and vehicle repairs to “hidden savings”, such as improved fuel consumption, reduced wear and tear and a reduction in lost staff time.’   

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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.