Shock stats show 72% of work drivers not offered training

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 15:28
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44% of work-drivers would welcome training

A survey conducted by IAM Drive & Survive has revealed that 72% of people who drive for a living in the UK have never been offered training by their employers

IAM, the occupational driver risk management company, also revealed that 44% of drivers would welcome training and only 3% of the respondents said they had been offered driver training.

Out of the 350 people surveyed, the areas of driving the respondents felt needed improvement included:

  • 29% wanted a refresher course on the Highway Code
  • 19% wanted to learn to be more fuel efficient with their driving
  • 17% wanted training on sticking to speed limits
  • 14% wanted to relearn manoeuvring and parking

While a high number of those surveyed welcomed the idea of training, just under half of those polled said they wouldn’t be interested due to the time they felt it would take.

IAM Drive & Survive’s chief executive Simon Best said: “These findings reflect poor management decisions as business leaders fail to act to adequately protect their employees and in doing so put them and other road users at risk.”

The stats come as a shock as people who drive for work are involved in an estimated third of all fatal and serious accidents on the road. Furthermore, under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care – needless to say driving for business sits firmly within this legislation.

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