Duty of Care
Corporate Driving & Training

Duty of Care - Corporate Driving & Training Courses

Irish Driving Familiarisation

Ireland outperformed the EU average in reducing road deaths in 2012. Ireland reduced road deaths by 12% in 2012 compared to an EU average rate of 9%. According to the Commission’s figures, 2012 saw the lowest number of people killed in road traffic in EU countries since the first data were collected. Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for transport, said, “2012 was a landmark year for European road safety, with the lowest ever number of road deaths recorded. A 9% decrease means that 3,000 lives were saved last year. (more…)

Fleet Management

All training courses can be offered on an individual basis. It could be very expensive to take an entire salesforce off the road for a lecture on Duty of Care. Dragon Driver could offer a selective questionnaire to the particular department and ask them to circulate to all company employees that the company wishes to target for duty of care. Once the questionnaires are returned the Dragon Driver can assess which employees require remedial work and which employees require on road training. Some employees can be taken into a lecture to bring them up to standard with literature support. Whilst other employees may require one to one on road training, with literature support. (more…)

Post Incident & Post Accident Driver Training

This course is built around the individual and can be up to 6 hours in duration. Each individual will be assessed and given the support that is required. Loss of confidence is one of the greatest factors in accidents and must be given the correct type of response. (more…)

Speed Management

“Speeding encompasses excessive speed (driving above the speed limit) or inappropriate speed (driving too fast for the conditions, but within the limits)”

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Hazard Awareness

Employees will be made aware of their observation and awareness skills. How to improve them which will reduce risk levels. They will be taught techniques that will control their position and speed of their vehicles in the road. Thus adapting to road conditions at that specific time. Emphasis will be made on Eco-driving and fuel efficiency.

The course will be 4 (2×2 hours) hours and will encompass enhanced perception and awareness, selective use of gears and block changing of. Awareness and importance of speed limits, progressive use of the accelerator as road conditions demand. Importance of on board technology for safer driving, the use of cruise control, ABS, etc.
The above techniques offered will gives benefits of better and safer driving thus less accidents, increased fuel economy, with lower stress levels and fatigue, less vehicle maintenance and repair costs.

Defensive Driving Skills

Employees will be made aware of their observation and awareness skills. How to improve them which will reduce risk levels. They will be taught techniques that will control their position and speed of their vehicles in the road. Thus adapting to road conditions at that specific time. Emphasis will be made on Eco-driving and fuel efficiency. The course will be 4 (2×2 hours) hours and will encompass enhanced perception and awareness, selective use of gears and block changing of. Awareness and importance of speed limits, progressive use of the accelerator as road conditions demand. Importance of on board technology for safer driving, the use of cruise control, ABS, etc. The above techniques offered will gives benefits of better and safer driving thus less accidents, increased fuel economy, with lower stress levels and fatigue, less vehicle maintenance and repair costs.

Fuel Efficient Driver Training

One of the greatest targets for any Transport or Traffic Manager to reduce fuel costs wherever possible. Environmental legislation is getting more and more restrictive, with taxes mainly targeted on consumption. Therefore it is good corporate sense to train driver to be as Eco-friendly as possible. Driver skills will be enhanced in awareness and anticipation, keeping engine speeds low through selective gear changes. Simple small changes in driving style that can save up to 20% in fuel costs and reduction wear and tear on vehicles. (more…)

MORR Advice & Training

It is to ensure that the risks which are faced by employees, and which they can create for others, while on the road as part of their job are managed by employers within the framework which they should already have in place for managing other aspects of health and safety at work. (more…)

Pre-employment Driver Assessments

Road Traffic legislation has long held that the driver of a vehicle is responsible for its condition and is responsible for its use on the road. As an employer, you the Employer has general duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all employees and to safeguard others who may be at risk from its work activities. In addition, the Employer has specific duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations when work-related driving activities are undertaken.

Recent case law establishes that employers can be held responsible for the actions of drivers in their employment. Ultimately, it is not possible to be totally up to date with every employee’s circumstances, however, carrying out the checks detailed in this policy will provide a good defence should a serious incident occur. As with most employment-related issues, management needs to be proactive rather than relying on employees to ensure that their own documents are in order.

The policy will apply to anyone who drives on behalf of the Employer whether they are employed directly, indirectly or as a volunteer. The policy is both wide ranging and comprehensive and covers everyone from employees using their own private vehicle for the Employer business to employees operating dedicated works vehicles. This policy requires all those who drive during the course of their work to do so safely for the mutual benefit of all road users.

Responsibility

Employees have a responsibility to adhere to the policy and produce relevant documents.

Scope and reference

The question of managing vehicle, driver and travel safety is a highly complex matter. It involves a mix of detailed inter/national legislation and local policies, procedures and decisions that cut across the areas of responsibilities of several Employer services and departments. Driving Safely at Work Policy provides an initial point of reference

Employees will be introduced to the Drivers Handbook, Journey Planning, Hazard Awareness and

Defensive Driving Skills, along with any other company policy requested. Also if requested

In the Recruitment of Professional Drivers

Checks can be made with the candidate on their driving licence. Originals of any additional

certificates or training records that are relevant to the position should also be brought so

they can be checked.

Preparation for Interview

The candidate’s suitability for the post checks on

• the number of endorsements

• the type of endorsements

• spent disqualifications

• the extent to which there is any history of accidents where the candidate was

held to be responsible.

• details of any secondary employment or outside interests, whether or not it

involves driving, that might affect the ability to drive safely or meet driving

regulations (for example working time and minimum rest).

The candidate’s training documents and/or driving licence should be checked to ensure that

they are valid and appropriate to the vehicle(s) to be used in the course of the job.

Driving Assessment A practical assessment of driving skills can be conducted.

Driver Attitude Assessment A questionnaire on Driver Attitude can be conducted.