Pressure Grows for Over 70 Re-Testing

      It seems that never a day goes by where you won’t find a press article somewhere that seeks to criticise or politicize the older driver situation. On the one hand the articles draw our attention to the growing problem with older drivers being involved in collisions and on the other articles talk of reluctance in Govt to insist on re testing drivers over 70, as it could be political suicide. In an article found today on the Daily Mirror website, the … [Read more...]

Liveried Vehicles: Don’t Do Half a Job

      An incident that happened to me a few minutes ago adds massive weight to the argument in favour of carefully managing the drivers of liveried fleet vehicles. In my other life I’m a Mortgage Consultant with a company based in Bexleyheath Kent. Today i was in a car with another colleague and 2 Directors from a Building Society, out for a business lunch meeting. We were all in a car being driven by my colleague on the West Malling Bypass. He is not a … [Read more...]

AA Drive Tech Announces Redeveloped Training Course.

  AA Drive  Tech has recently announced details of its redeveloped training course. http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/fleet-industry-news/2015/10/09/aa-drivetech-promotes-redeveloped-training-course   In the Fleet News article the company says that it plans to put 6000 drivers per annum through the new course, which incorporates the core elements of Energy Saving Trust’ Approved Eco Driving Training. In the article a spokesperson states ““Our courses tend to be half-day or … [Read more...]

Staying Behind the Wheel Longer: Driving in Retirement

    Staying beyond the wheel longer, whilst remaining safe is surely a goal that every motorist wants to achieve? After all the independence that a car provides cannot be overstated, particularly for those living in rural parts of the country. There is a problem though, how do you know that your driving is still safe? Driving is deeply habitual and it’s very difficult for any motorist to see changes in their own driving habits. A good analogy is trying to proof read … [Read more...]

Experienced Driver’s Assessment

                                                                                                                                                   Kings Hill Fleet Training is pleased to announce a new driving evaluation scheme for residents within the Sevenoaks and Malling Area’s of Kent. The driving skills evaluation takes place from a driver’s home using their own car and is delivered by a D.V.S.A registered Approved Driver Instructor that has undergone additional training … [Read more...]

Cost/ Benefit of Managing Occupational Road Risk

Driving is just about the most dangerous at work activity that people can do.                        RoSPA estimates that 1 in 3 accidents involve someone driving in the course of business, and yet only 1 in10 vehicles on the road are being used for work purposes. We can conclude that driving for work must be more dangerous and of course driving activities are more likely to affect the public at large, so a business can be exposed to more risk from its on road activities, than other areas … [Read more...]

Why Send Your Employees on a Defensive Driving Workshop?

Your employees are probably the most important resource that you have and holding on to the good ones is not always easy. Many good employers in addition to offering great pay and conditions provide some form of employee benefit in order to attract and retain their people. Incentives of course come at a cost to the employing company, so many are looking at providing a little something that provides them with an additional return on their investment. Becoming ever more popular are employee … [Read more...]

Fleet Driving Risk: Social Responsibility, or Serious Business Risk?

Fleet magazines quite often like to include some reference to the accident statistics involving driving for work. The exact numbers that come out in the wash depend on to some extent, which interested party compiled the report. However the statistics usually estimate that 25 to 33% of road accidents involve someone who is at the time driving as part of their job. It is known that only 1 in 10 drivers actually drive’s for work, so occupational driving must be more dangerous. The immediate … [Read more...]

Driving for work – long hours culture

Any businesses that has employees; that work long hours, during which they may drive, whilst on Company business, has a duty to take care of those employees. In a recent Court of Appeal case, the court upheld a High Court award for 1 million in damages, after a van driver was left parlayed down one side of his body, after being involved in a road accident, whilst driving on company business. The High Court found that the accident had been caused when the van driver, fell asleep briefly; a … [Read more...]

Driving for Work – The Grey Fleet

This phrase is one that has been coined in recent times, and it refers to a situation where an employee’s own vehicle is being used for business purposes. Following the clarification by the HSE’s Driving at Work’, publication, most employers are now aware that health and safety laws apply to on-the-road work activities, in the same way as to all other work related activity. The risks must therefore, be demonstrably, and effectively managed within an employers health and safety system. In … [Read more...]