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RoSPA Recommends Cutting Road Journeys

30 November 2010

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has also urged bosses to cut road journeys in bad weather to ensure employees are not making unnecessary road journeys.

busy road in winter

RoSPA state that driving for work was now recognised as the most dangerous thing that most people did as part of their job. About 20 people were killed and 250 seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work purposes.

RoSPA have advised employers to ensure they have systems in place to carry out risk assessments to judge if journeys are really necessary, especially during winter months when we see an increase in road accident rates. Obviously vital services have to be maintained, but employers need to ask themselves if it is acceptable for their drivers to be on the road in conditions such as thick fog, snow and ice. Would they be able to live with themselves if people died in a road accident which resulted from a journey they had insisted on and yet which was not absolutely necessary!

Employers have a duty under health and safety law to take sensible steps to ensure the safety of their staff and others when driving for work. If staff have to make journeys in bad weather, employers should ensure that their drivers are properly trained and equipped to cope with the conditions.