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Practical Considerations

Practical considerations

The following are practical considerations for employers.

Drivers should be:

  • competent and capable of doing their work in a way that is safe for them and others;

  • correctly trained;

  • sufficiently fit and healthy to drive safely and not put themselves and others at risk;

  • provided with information that will help them reduce risk (eg recommended tyre pressures and their responsibilites as a vehicle driver);

  • provided with appropriate advice on driving posture


Vehicles should be:

  • fit for the purpose for which they are used; (this applies to vehicles owned by the employer and the employer used on company business)

  • maintained in a safe condition and fit for the road.


Journey planning should:

  • take account of appropriate routes;

  • incorporate realistic work schedules;

  • not put drivers at risk from fatigue;

  • take sufficient account of adverse weather conditions.


Employers are encouraged to seek the views of their employees, or their representatives, as they will have first-hand experience of what happens in practice.

‘Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence’.

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