For many drivers, the standard driving test and their initial training are the only driver training they’ve ever done. Unfortunately, good practices often deteriorate over time and bad habits start to creep in, increasing the risk of a collision. The average cost of a collision in a work vehicle runs into several thousands of dollars and with increased insurance premiums, can really hurt a business’s bottom line.
More and more companies are now realizing the need for professional driver training for their staff. Aside from the human factor and reducing the risk of a driver being involved in a collision, there is also a legal obligation for employers to provide driver training.
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Allowing a driver to take the keys to a company vehicle comes with its own list of requirements for both the employees and the employer. While it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure the vehicle is roadworthy for example, it is the employer’s responsibility to provide appropriate training on how to check the vehicle correctly.
If a collision occurs where the driver is on work-related business or driving a company vehicle, it can be very difficult to enforce any disciplinary action against an employee if all they have to say is, ‘I didn’t know, I wasn’t trained’.
Thankfully, there’s a bit of good news: