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Driving for work: GPS, police and law

Who should attend

This Driving for work training course is aimed at directors, office/facilities managers, HR, health and safety and occupational health professionals.

Synopsis

Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. Every year 500 people are killed, and 5,000 seriously injured, in collisions involving people driving for work.* Employers must be able to show that they manage all of their drivers, including those who use their own vehicles. Drivers must be properly trained, fit, licensed, business-use insured and all vehicles must be fit for purpose.

Fleet-tracking systems and GPS allow employers to monitor their drivers. You need to decide how you will use this data and what to do with information that shows a vehicle has been unsafely driven. Drawing on the experiences of a former Inspector in the Central Motorway Police Group, each briefing covers fatigue, substance abuse, misuse of electronic devices and employer responsibility. We also consider how road traffic incidents are investigated and how Brexit is affecting European licence regulations and insurance.

Programme

09.00 registration and coffee, 09.30 start

Driving and the law

  • who are your drivers: work-supplied vehicles,grey fleet, volunteers?
  • typical offences: driving, HR and health and safety
  • Government and HSE objectives, and Highways England
  • who is responsible for what: the organisation, the individual or both?
  • European licensing and insurance post-Brexit

Driver data: purpose and usage

  • licences, insurance and MOTs
  • fuel cards and telematics: tracking data
  • evidence of speeding and inappropriate driving: is it used and how
  • data privacy and police access?

Key risks and mitigation

  • health checks and fitness to drive
  • medicines, fatigue and substance abuse
  • phones and electronic equipment: have you done enough?
  • driving policies and the meaning of ‘reasonable practicability’
  • rumour and gossip: when to act and what to document

A police investigation

  • wide, thorough and probing
  • the impact of a police interview
  • recent prosecutions and lessons learnt
13.00 close, followed by lunch

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