Driver training and claims involving company vehicles

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You would have thought that employers would provide enhanced driver training to staff members tasked with doing the miles on the road in the interests of the business. However, the results of a recent survey conducted by the ‘Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)’ found that nearly 75% of people who drive for their employers are not provided with any driver awareness training.

Driver training is overlooked

There are various groups and bodies within the UK who campaign for better road safety. One of them is the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). They conducted a survey known as the ‘drive and survive poll’.  This survey reported that of the people polled, 72% of employed staff who drive for their employer have not been given any specific driver safety training. 44% of these people said that they would do it if their employer allowed.

Interestingly, the survey found that almost half of those questioned were not interested in having any driver training.  This was because they felt their driving is already tip top and very safe and that they either don’t need help or they don’t have the time.

This attitude is something we are all probably guilty of holding. However, we could all benefit from refresher courses to remind us of the risks we face and present whilst on the roads.

We would also strongly advise employers to recommend to their staff that they take additional advanced driving lessons, as employers have to protect the staff that they ask to drive for them by law. Employers that neglect to ensure that their staff are adequately trained, advised and managed risk facing charges of corporate manslaughter, should one of their drivers be involved in an accident that left someone dead or severely injured. Driving for work is included in the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

Claims involving company vehicles

When driving an employer’s vehicle, if you have an accident on the road and suffer an injury, would you be making a road traffic accident compensation claim or a work accident compensation claim?

The short answer is that in most circumstances, you would be making a claim for road traffic accident compensation from the insurers of your company vehicle. However, has your employer provided you with driver training and awareness courses that would help you to reduce the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident whilst driving for your work? If they haven’t and you have an accident whilst driving your employer’s vehicle, there is a potential that they could also face a negligence claim as well as a road traffic accident claim.

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