Some companies do not know when an employee is using their own car for work until they put in a mileage claim which makes it impossible to manage work related road safety, revealed the TTC Group at a health and safety event.
“Companies need to think about the grey fleet,” said Samantha Day, a committee member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and health (IOSH )Tyne and Wear branch, which supports 1,200 members in the North East in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.
She praised Adrian Hide, from the TTC Group road safety education organisation, who gave advice on how to effectively manage work-related road safety to 60 members at an institute training session in Sunderland.
He told them about their legal and moral responsibilities as health and safety managers as well as the business benefits and industry best practice.
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“It only takes a few minutes and you get instant access to the results to find out if your organisation complies with all the legal requirements,” said Adrian, a Senior Consultant for the TTC Group, an award winning road safety organisation, which educates 330,000 drivers each year and helps fleets to reduce their risk.
Members of IOSH Tyne and Wear branch said that by going through the self-audit process during the workshop it confirmed their areas of good practice but also highlighted where improvement was required.
“It is difficult for health and safety managers to know absolutely everything about work-related road safety so the online audit can certainly help them,” added Adrian.
Samantha Day said there had been a lot of questions as a result of the talk, mainly about the grey fleet involving employees using their own cars for work.
“It was an excellent presentation on a very important subject which brought up many questions. One of the grey areas is people using their own cars with some managers not knowing about it until the mileage claims come in.”
With more than 500 trainers nationwide, the TTC Group has been educating road users to reduce casualties for more than 20 years and works with the corporate and public sector to manage workplace road safety.
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