Shaun Helman, Camilla Fowler and Britta Lang from the Transport Research Laboratory look at the progress being made to improve the safety of those who drive as part of their everyday work.

The safety of people engaged in work-related transport remains an important topic for employers. But what exactly is ‘work-related transport’?

Workplace transport refers to any vehicle or piece of mobile equipment, including fork-lift trucks, tractors, mobile cranes, cars, vans and goods vehicles used by employers, employees, self-employed people or visitors in any work setting off the public highway. It specifically excludes the public highway (INDG199(rev1), ‘Workplace transport: an overview’).

The second element of this is ‘driving for work’. This refers to all on-road work activities and vehicles, including people whose main job is driving and those who drive occasionally. Currently, driving at work specifically excludes commuting to and from a normal place of work. (INDG382, ‘Driving at work: managing work-related road safety’).

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