Businesses are increasingly using technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to manage the risks from at-work driving, explains Emma Evans from Pinsent Masons law firm.

Nineteen per cent of workplace fatalities occur from being struck by a moving vehicle, which is an average of 26 fatal injuries per year, according to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics report for 2019/20. In 2019, the European Transport Safety Council reported 51 road deaths per million inhabitants in the European Union (EU). Fortunately, there had been a three per cent decrease in the number of road deaths in the EU during 2018‒2019.

A total of 1,752 people were killed in reported road traffic accidents in Great Britain in 2019, similar to the level seen since 2012, which followed a period of substantial reduction in fatalities from 2006 to 2010. The trend in the number of fatalities has been broadly flat since 2010. In 2019, government figures for road casualties showed there were almost 40,000 deaths and injuries together that involved someone driving for work.

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