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UK – Agency drivers more likely to be involved in road accidents

21 June 2012

New guidance has been issued regarding the use of temporary staff as drivers after research found that agency drivers are more likely to be involved in road collisions. The Fleet Safety Forum, which is a division of the road safety charity, Brake, has published the guidance specifically for fleet managers, which provides advice on how to minimise the risks posed by using agency drivers.

“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,” said Roz Cumming, development manager at Brake. 42% of companies in the UK are said to rely on this type of temporary staffing.

“Managers must approach this proactively and ensure drivers provided by recruitment agencies are appropriately qualified and receive the same training as their own staff,” Mr Cumming said.

“This new e-guidance is a valuable resource for fleet managers and I'd urge anyone who doesn't already subscribe to sign up to the Fleet Safety Forum to get access to it and many other resources like it.”

This comes after recent statistics showed that 24,000 people drive illegally for companies in the UK and the Licence Bureau, the UK authority on driver qualifications, said last month that up to a third of all road traffic incidents in the country involve somebody who is at work at the time.

The guidance is available from Fleet Safety Forum.

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