More than half of employers don’t test company drivers for alcohol or drug use, according to a survey of more than 130 companies sponsored by the U.K. Licence Bureau. Considering that driving under the influence crashes “increased by 12% . . . (from 2010 to 2011), and seriously injured casualties rose by 3%,” fleet managers should be concerned.
Roslyn Cumming, development manager at Brake believes the report confirms “the devastating effects of drunk driving. I’d urge fleet managers to get. . . expert tips on how to avoid a range of risks to safe driving, including alcohol and drug use.”
One way to reduce risks is to include a GPS tracking system in all fleet vehicles. Although it cannot stop a driver from drinking on the job or other hazardous driving activities, it will show and record driver behavior, indicating a real-time occurrence of an incident and the driver actions just prior and after it happened. Establishing corporate procedures, including a GPS tracking system that monitors drivers’ behaviors, may help mitigate associated risks.
Source: HR Magazine. Photo: MakeTheList.net