An employer’s duty of care to company car drivers – and staff using their own cars on business – has been pushed to the top of the agenda with the publication of a new paper highlighting areas of concern for fleet operators of all sizes.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance published an updated version of Driving at Work: Managing Work Related Road Safety in May – the first update of the guide since its original publication in 2003.
Gary Killeen, fleet services commercial leader for GE Capital, said the issuing of the new document had prompted SME small fleets to look again at ensuring that their risk and fleet management policies comply with best practice.
He said: “There are several reasons small businesses and SMEs should interest themselves in risk management but a strong desire to meet corporate legal responsibilities is the one that is most often mentioned to us by customers.
“In this respect, the importance of revised HSE guidance cannot be underestimated. Alongside key pieces of legislation, it is likely to form the basis of any legal challenge to small fleets if they fail to meet obligations to their employees and other road users.
“While the new HSE guide is based on very similar principles to the old document, the guidance being offered is, in many respects, more detailed and offers a higher level of information, taking into account lessons learnt in the last decade.”
GE recently updated its Safe Solutions product, which offers a range of risk management services including expert consultancy to build HSE-compliant policies on a per driver, per month, cost basis.
Killeen added: “Customer response to our revised Safe Solutions has been very strong and we believe that the issuing of the new HSE guidance – and subsequent interest in revising risk management policies – could lead to more customers choosing the ‘pay monthly’ option.”