Last reviewed 21 September 2020

Driving for Better Business (DfBB), the Government campaign group encouraging work-related road safety, has warned that more than half of company directors misunderstand the law on driving for business in one key area — namely being unaware that companies have a legal responsibility where employees are using their personal car for work purposes.

The recent reminder via social media from DfBB is set out in a report by DfBB which surveyed 255 UK company directors.

In the context of the dynamics of occupational road risk, DfBB says there is a higher level of non-compliance among vehicles on the roads than previously thought.

DfBB also warns that the police and the judiciary are increasingly realising that incident accountability doesn’t rest solely with the driver.

For example, poor management and work procedures can often be significant contributory factors.

DfBB says employers and employees have a dual responsibility in ensuring that nobody is harmed when driving for work. However, the research shows that 53% of company directors are unaware that employees using their personal car for work are the company's responsibility.

In addition, 6 in 10 company directors don't know how many of their employees drive their own car for work purposes.

Furthermore, 1 in 4 leaders admitted failing to check for valid driving licences of their employees, and nearly a third said they did not give a copy of the organisation’s driving for work policy to these so-called “grey fleet” drivers.

Finally, 1 in 3 staff who use their own car for work admitted that they aren't insured to make business journeys.

Edwin Morgan, Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors, said, “We would encourage our members and indeed all company directors to take the time to consider their firm's exposure and approach to the issue of driving in business, not just to cover off the undoubted risks involved, but also the potential benefits that can come from giving your organisation's road use policy an MOT”.