Most employees get no safety training for driving for work

More than half of all employees (53%) who drive as part of their work say they have never received any training about the risks they face while on the road, according to a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Seven out of 10 (70%) say their employers neither offer nor require medical check-ups, a driver risk assessment or training (75%), or training on basic vehicle safety checks (75%). 

And almost two-thirds (64%) said their employers have not offered a basic eyesight test.

The research surveyed 1,000 drivers from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Government figures estimate that 1,000 people a year are killed while driving for work – nearly one-third of all road deaths – and another 13,000 are seriously injured.

Christopher Bullock, IAM chief executive, said: “We are shocked by the scale of these findings. Too many employers think their responsibility for employees when they’re at work ends at the front door or the factory gate.”

Nearly half of employees admit that pressures from their employer or work lead them to break the speed limit (48%) or lose their temper with other motorists (46%). One in five (20%) admits to using a handheld mobile while driving because of work pressure. 

The IAM has written to transport minister Stephen Ladyman, recommending that the Department for Transport should provide up to £1.5m over three years to launch a work-related driving safety programme.

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