28 January 2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has highlighted the results of a recent survey which has revealed that 72% of people who drive for business reasons have been offered no training by their employer at all.

The survey was conducted by the IAM’s Drive & Survive division in 2014. According to the Institute:

  • 72% of people who drove for business reasons had been offered no training by their employer at all even though 44% of them said they would welcome the opportunity

  • between 2008 and 2013, 3493 people were killed in accidents involving a driver or rider driving for work, including 515 in 2013

  • between 2008 and 2013, there were 322,239 casualties involving a driver or rider driving as part of work (including passengers and other casualties) including 47,602 in 2013

  • up to one in three road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work and every week, around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involve someone at work.

In response to the survey results, the IAM has called on employers to step up their commitment to safer business driving on UK roads by ensuring their drivers meet the standards of the ISO 39001 accreditation. ISO 39001 sets out the minimum requirements for a Road Traffic Safety Management System.

The IAM has reminded employers they are legally obliged to protect their employees, and suggests contracts involving road use should be looking to include ISO 39001.

Commenting on the issue, Neil Greig, IAM’s Director of Policy and Research, said, “This is a problem that people conveniently sweep under the carpet … All employers have a duty of care to ensure that all company drivers are competent and they are not a risk to themselves, other road users and pedestrians.”