Vehicles need to be treated with the same caution and governance as any dangerous machinery if you are to avoid exposing your staff to unnecessary risk.
Human Resources issues are complex before you start to even think about the HR department’s link to the fleet. Daily challenges include recruiting employees, arranging and carrying out training, preventing discrimination and ensuring compliance, to name but a few.
These tasks are integral to the running of the company. And vehicle management should be taken just as seriously. For instance, business owners would never think of allowing employees to operate dangerous machinery without stringent safety measures and policies in place; but such measures are often overlooked when it comes to vehicles.
Research carried out by Brake, the road safety charity, found that in a single year:
- 1,901 people were killed in road traffic accidents
- 23,122 were maimed or disabled
- 178,927 were injured
Or in other words, every single day…
- five people were killed
- 63 people incurred life-changing injuries
- 60,000 ‘bent metal’ incidents occurred
These powerful numbers speak for themselves. Vehicles need to be treated with the same caution and governance as any dangerous machinery if you are to avoid exposing your staff to unnecessary risk.
And what’s more, those behind the wheel must be equally governed. Training, assessing and continuously educating staff about driving standards is crucial if you are to stand a chance of mitigating what is one of the greatest risks that companies – and ultimately their directors – face.
FleetCheck can help you understand the HR challenges connected with fleet management and the steps you can take to ensure they are under control.