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Help requested posted on 23rd August 2018:

Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

I have some questions for local authorities relating to occupational road risk and driver training;

1. Do you have a policy which requires employees to complete driver training?
2. If yes, does this cover all employees? Or just those working in specific services, or driving specific vehicles, pool, private etc.?
3. Also if yes, do you complete this training in-house? Or do you use local driver trainers/ADI’s to carry out the training?
4. If no, is it simply a case of drivers being authorised to drive providing they have a current and valid driver’s licence?

Many thanks for any responses. We’re carrying out a review and are interested in what our peers do in this area.

Darren Dowd

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Response posted on 24th August 2018 by:
Adrian Walsh

E: awalsh@roadsafe.com
T: 07887552708

Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

I am afraid that simply to approach the management of ORR through driver training alone is unlikely to reduce risk. There are a number of local authorities which have successful approaches these include Gateshead and Essex.

You should find the Driving for Better Business programme available at: https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/case-study/business-champion-gateshead-council/ helpful.

others are at: https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/case-studies/other/


Response posted on 25th August 2018 by:
Adrian Walsh

E: awalsh@roadsafe.com
T: 07887552708

Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

You may also find some excellent assistance from one of the Highways England Regional Driving for Better Business managers contact through Robert.Craven@highwaysengland.co.uk

hope that this helps, if not do please call me 07887552708


Response posted on 26th August 2018 by:
Andy Garden

E: blueacorns@gmail.com
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Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

Interesting post - setting a course is a great start but only effective if its revenant to the role and of sufficient duration to have some lasting effect. A day in a car shared with 2 there drivers is unlikely to have much long term benefit, albeit ticking the box would rate highly.
Like most things, graduated requirements from a brief assessment for the occasional driver through to a more retracted and planned approach for high mileage/ higher risk more complex driving demands. Depends on the size of company then to have in-house competent trainer/assessors or to outsource.
Its scary how many employers don't do any on road assessment of an employee and then let them out on the road, even if it is just to pop to the bank type trip..
Nice post.


Response posted on 29th August 2018 by:
Darren Dowd

E: darren.dowd@eastsussex.gov.uk
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Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

Thank you for the responses.
While we don't have much of a fleet, we do have a large number of employees using their own vehicles. Only a small percentage are required to complete a driver assessment as per our own H&S policy requirements.
We have looked at the DfBB programme, and we (the Road Safety Team) have suggested to our superiors that we get involved - we recommended that more needs to be done. However, I suspect the reason for the review is that due to ongoing budget constraints, service reductions are being considered.
I will certainly include the Gateshead DfBB case study in my report!


Response posted on 29th August 2018 by:
Andrew Sykes

E: andrew.sykes@norfolk.gov.uk
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Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

Just to add Darren.
We work with businesses across Norfolk under the "We Mean Business" banner and as suggested by other comments there are different ways to get results. We often engage at a policy / procedure level and this widens to a more bespoke approach. This could be driver training for higher risk users or a theory workshop which explores the issues around driving for work in a discussion group environment, generally for essential users. All our training is delivered by DVSA Fleet registered trainers.


Response posted on 31st August 2018 by:
Mark Foweraker

E: m.foweraker@cardiff.gov.uk
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Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

In Cardiff we have a policy based on "The guidance document “Driving at Work – Managing work- related road safety” clearly states that the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 apply to all work related driving activities."

As part of that policy as a minimum all staff who use a car (personal or pool) for work have to have annual licence (and vehicle document) checks. Those driving MiniBuses must have special training and for HGV/PSV the health checks must be done through our Occupational Health team.
So in summary 1. Depends on vehicle. 2. Policy covers all drivers. 3. Either. 4. Yes for car type vehicles but checked/approved annually.


Response posted on 13th September 2018 by:
Gareth Zimmerman

E: Gareth.zimmerman@btinternet.com
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Occupational Road Risk/Driver Training

I am a fleet-qualified ADI contracted to IAM Roadsmart to deliver Driving for Work courses. I would recommend contacting them for details.


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