Work-Related Road Risk Guidance

Work-Related Road Risk Guidance


Confusion on work-related driving risks was cleared up by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Transport (DfT).

Legal uncertainties over personal vehicles use for business was addressed this week.



HM Inspector for HSE’s Transport and Public Services Unit, Nicola Jaynes, added:

“The Health and Safety at Work Act sets out the legal duties of employers and those engaged to work for them, their responsibilities to manage WRRR are nothing new. However, the landscape is changing, and we wanted to ensure guidance reflects these changes and also remains relevant for years to come.”

The confusion was mainly down to the growing number of businesses using short-term contracts and an increasing grey fleet.


So, who is responsible?

To clear us the confusion, the HSE says that all drivers have individual responsibility for their driving behaviour and to follow road traffics laws.

A spokesperson for the regulator stated:

“when driving for work, the organization they work for has legal responsibility for their employees’ health and safety.”

Nicola Jaynes added:

“Companies who otherwise have robust health and safety policies sometimes fail to consider their responsibilities adequately when it comes to driving or riding for work. Everyone should come home from work safe and well, whether they’re working behind a desk or behind the wheel.”



Why is it important?

In a statement, the HSE highlighted that:

  • Driving for work is likely to have the most amount of risk for workers
  • Around 200 serious injuries and deaths involve people using the road for work every week.
  • 40,000 people working in occupations that need them to drive as part of their job are involved in road traffic collisions every year.
  • In the UK, company car drivers are 49% more likely to be involved in traffic collisions.



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Work-Related Road Risk Guidance