One in ten UK company drivers pose serious risk, claims study

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 13:30
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CLAIM: E-Training World MD Graham Hurdle

One in ten company drivers are endangering the lives of themselves and others with poor hazard perception, attitude, knowledge and observational skills, a study has claimed.

Online risk assessment and e-driver training specialists E-Training World discovered 9% of company car, van and HGV drivers on their records are high-risk motorists.

The company, who created one of the first web-based systems designed specifically for the fleet sector, also noted just 23% of motorists were low risk, with 68% medium risk.

A decade’s worth of driver appraisals from E-Training World’s extensive assessment and training programme – used by some of the UK’s most high-profile fleet operators – helped comprise the find.

Graham Hurdle, Managing Director, said the trend was based upon average statistics across all drivers from all companies.

“The aim of any risk assessment is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a driver and establish what risk they pose when behind the wheel,” he said.

“Our system achieves that by taking the long-established methods of evaluating a driver’s attitude, knowledge, concentration and observation and hazard perception.

“Each section of the assessment carries equal weight and we do not penalise drivers if they are young, drive high mileages or have points on their licence.

“The risk rating is calculated on their ability and has proven to be extremely accurate and, using the results, companies can not only enjoy peace of mind that they have adhered to their duty of care requirements, they can also make intelligent decisions regarding whether a driver needs training and what form that training should take.”

E-Training World is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the provision of fleet risk management, online driver risk assessments and e-driver training solutions.

The award-winning company also provides risk management consultancy.

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