Driving for Better Business (DfBB), the Government campaign group which encourages work-related road safety, has launched a new report on leadership in the context of driving for work, which warns of a number of failures by business leaders in the UK, including a finding that half of UK bosses said they expect their employees to answer the phone at any time, even while driving.

The report was commissioned by DfBB to raise awareness of the risks in asking employees to drive for work, ie occupational road risks.

Based on a survey of 1006 UK employees and 255 executive directors, the survey found that, encouragingly, a very healthy 85% of leaders had reviewed their company’s driving for work policy, on average, within the last eight months.

However, another key finding was that half (49%) of leaders said they expect their employees to answer the phone at any time, even while driving.

Simon Turner, Campaign Manager at DfBB, warned that often policies and handbooks are only distributed to drivers of company vehicles.

He said of the survey, “One of the key findings that I see from the report is a failure to understand and communicate with the huge number of employees that use their own car for work —the grey fleet”.

In this regard the survey noted that 68% of leaders claimed to give copies of their driving for work policy to grey fleet drivers, but only 45% of drivers claimed to have seen it.

In addition, the survey found that 60% of leaders didn’t know the size of their grey fleet and 53% incorrectly thought it wasn’t their responsibility.

Simon Turner said, “Grey fleet is really something that employers need to get a hold of and understand properly.”

Last reviewed 17 July 2019