Driving Policy

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A Driving Policy tailored to suit your organisation will not only ensure your legal compliance but will influence your driver’s attitude and behaviour; better driving skills will, in turn, produce real savings in terms of fuel, vehicle wear and tear, insurance premiums and many other fleet related areas.

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How would a Driving Policy help Jack………

A Driving Policy developed by Fleet Driving Skills would have ensured that Jack was properly assessed. His attitude during the assessment drive and a detailed examination of his driving licence would have revealed that Jack was a high risk driver. As a result Jack would be offered training to improve his driving and curb his tendency to speed. He would be made aware of the potential consequences of his attitude to speeding and how better planning of his appointments and meetings with clients would allow more time for journeys.

Your Driving Policy

  • A safety policy must be written if an organisation employs 5 or more people.
  • A road safety policy can be added to the existing Health and Safety policy or may be a stand alone statement.
  • The road safety policy should set the safety direction and requires backing and commitment from the highest management levels.
  • The road safety policy must be reviewed regularly.
  • The contents of the road safety policy must be based on the results of authentic and verifiable assessments.

For more information visit www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg382.pdf where you will find a HSE document ‘Managing work-related road safety’

The content of your policy must cover all staff who drive as part of their work related activities. For example employees who use their own vehicles for business purposes. It should also include company owned vehicles and lease hire vehicles

A driving for work policy covers four specific areas.

1              Management Policy

  • Nominate a senior manager to take responsibility for managing driving safety at work.
  • Incorporate a driving for work policy within the existing Health and Safety policy.
  • Routinely record and act on the findings of risk assessments dealing with all aspects of driver safety, vehicle safety and journey planning.
  • Record every incident involving vehicles driven in connection with the company’s business activities. The recorded information should be analysed to minimise any recurrence.

2              Driver Safety

  • Produce and maintain a driver’s handbook that includes road safety guidance and sets out the individual drivers responsibilities and the company’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensure all employees who drive in the course of their duties are vetted, inducted and regularly assessed. These procedures will ensure that they hold valid licences, are competent and medically fit to drive. Employees who use their own vehicles must have ‘business use’ insurance cover.

3              Vehicle Safety

  • Ensure that the vehicles selected are fit for purpose and vehicle safety features and systems are given paramount importance.
  • Ensure that all company vehicles are regularly inspected by the immediate driver and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s service schedules.

4              Journey planning

  • Consideration should be given to whether or not a journey is actually necessary and whether  alternative types of transport may be used where practicable. For example trains.
  • Employees should be encouraged to plan journeys to a timetable that avoids the need to speed and to incorporate rest periods.

Base line

We will create a Driving Policy that will help manage your business vehicles and drivers.

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    PATIENT, REASSURING AND EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL

    Having not driven for ten years, I had completely lost my confidence. I found Sandy to be patient, reassuring and extremely professional and he supported me to get driving again far more quickly than I would have ever imagined. I also liked the fact that he left it up to me to decide how many lessons I felt I needed: there was no pressure to have any more lessons than was strictly necessary, unlike with some other companies.

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sandy and, in fact, I already have!

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    IRONING OUT MY DRIVING PROBLEMS

    Sandy is an excellent instructor I passed with only 23 hours behind the wheel with no former experience. He is laid back and I felt at ease straight away, instead of being critical he really helps iron out driving problems. I have recommended him to everybody that I have heard is having driving lessons. I think he’s great!

    Simon Lawless : Student

    I’VE PASSED WITHIN 3 MONTHS

    I had been through a couple of driving schools and had been very unhappy with their service as I felt they were just interested in the money. When I registered with Sandy he was very upfront with me and told me what to do and what not to do. He took me straight through what was needed in a friendly and very helpful way and within three months I had both passed my theory and practical test. My exact words to Sandy were “I would recommend you to all my family and friends”. And that is exactly what I intend to do.

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