This in-depth article looks at the steps employers should be taking to ensure the safety of employees who drive as part of their work, such as can and company car drivers.

Introduction

The use of cars, vans and lorries is integral to the running of many businesses – whether it be sales representatives driving in a car to meetings with clients or van and lorry drivers delivering and collecting goods from customers’ and suppliers’ sites. In fact, vehicles are so important to the everyday activities of companies that around a quarter of all vehicle miles travelled annually on Britain’s roads are thought to be for work purposes other than commuting.

However, the sheer number of people driving as part of their work means there are significant risks both to the safety of those drivers and other road users and pedestrians if the company driver and their employer fail to take suitable steps to ensure vehicles are used as safely as possible.

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