Company Car Safety Scheme
Company Car Safety Monitoring Scheme
As signatories to the European Charter for Road Safety we are passionate about our commitment to road safety.
The scheme is an online driver monitoring system which uses positive decal messaging on the rear of your company vehicles. When an incident report is received against a vehicles registration number; the company automatically receives an email from RoadDriver notifying them of the report which can then be viewed online. This gives the company an unique opportunity to make the driver aware of the incident report which is usually a sobering enough occurrence to alter and improve their standard of driving and overall attitude towards road safety.
Our aim is to help businesses reduce road accidents and incidents involving company vehicles while helping to fulfil a companies legal duty of care under HSE and where appropriate VOSA regulations.
Almost a third of all road traffic accidents in the UK involve somebody who is “at work”. HSE Guidelines, “Driving at Work” states that health and safety laws apply equally to on-the-road work activities as to all other work activities and that road driving risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system. Risk assessments must be carried out and the appropriate control measures put into place.
“The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of 2007”
CMCHA came into force on the 6th of April 2008. Under this act the company car is a place of work and is considered to be an extension of the corporate headquarters. This places an extra legal duty of care on company directors and their managers. As the law is written, whoever is judged to be “the controlling mind” is likely to be held legally culpable if a death occurs due to some form of reckless driving, fatigue or negligence either on the part of the driver, the company or both.
The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008
The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 came in to effect on the 16th January 2009 which amends the sentencing provisions contained in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Unlike the Corporate Manslaughter Act; a breach of health and safety rules will not have to result in a road death. If company directors or fleet managers fail to prove they have a road risk policy in place with adequate documental evidence, they can face a fine of up to £20,000 or risk a two year prison sentence if one of their employees is involved in an accident where a breach of Health & Safety occurs.
Please Note! Sending out the office junior to buy McDonalds for all those who have volunteered to work late is still considered a work related journey and therefore falls under these two driving for work acts whether undertaken in his own vehicle or in a company vehicle.
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