Fleets urged to manage risks posed by using agency drivers

A NEW guide designed to help businesses manage agency drivers has been published by the Fleet Safety Forum, a division of road safety charity Brake.


The guidance, sponsored by Pertemps, provides vital advice on how to minimise the risks posed by using agency staff to drive for work.


Research has shown that agency drivers are more prone to be involved in collisions, and with 42% of UK companies using temporary staff as drivers, it is a key safety issue fleet managers need to address, says the Forum.


The guidance covers: effective partnership working with the driver agency; rigorous inductions on company safe driving policy and vehicle checks; and subjecting agency drivers to the same spot checks, e.g. for drug and alcohol use, as company employed drivers.


The guidance also features a best practice case study of a fleet operator that has successfully mitigated the risks associated with agency drivers.


Roz Cumming, development manager at Brake, said: ‘Companies should be aware that they have the same level of responsibility for the safety of agency drivers working for them, as they do for their permanent employees.


‘Managers must approach this proactively and ensure drivers provided by recruitment agencies are appropriately qualified and receive the same training as their own staff. This new e-guidance is a valuable resource for fleet managers.’


The guidance is available free of charge to Forum subscribers, or can be purchased for £5 by non-subscribers. The first 50 non-subscribers to request the guidance will get a free copy. Please email admin@brake.org.uk or call +44 (0)1484 559909 to order.


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