Driving at Work Policies: What To Look Out For

Dylan Loughlin

Employers should be committed to reducing the risk of work-related road traffic incidents. An employer has a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all their employees as far as reasonably practicable, including work-related driving activities.


Although the primary legislation that governs work-related driving is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, organisations are obligated under numerous other legislation to ensure safe working practices are implemented, such as:

· Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

· The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

· Road Traffic Acts supported by the Highway Code

· EC Drivers’ Hours Rules

· UK Domestic Drivers’ Hours Rules

· Tachograph Regulations

· The Road Transport (Working Times) Regulations 2005

· The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1996

· Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

It is not solely the responsibility of the employer to obey legislation, but the employee is also duty bound to comply with the legislation.


If an organisation has an effective policy in place, this will ensure that all employees are aware of their responsibilities within health and safety and safe driving practices. This will will help both the organisation and the employee comply with the legislation, reduce the risk of work-related driving incidents, and protect the organisation against the possibility of a tribunal claim and/or criminal offence. Areas to consider within your policy may include, but are not limited to:

· Driver safety

· Vehicle safety

· Journey planning

· Use of mobile phone

· Drugs and alcohol

· Accident procedure

· Ensuring vehicle and load security

· Employers’ duties

· Employees’ duties

· Road safety

· Controlling Drivers’ hours

· Driver licensing

· Driver CPC

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Lisa Bloodworth, People & Safety Consultant