Driving to and from work isn’t classed as a work activity, so isn’t regulated by H&S law. However, if your staff drive in a company vehicle for the purpose of their work (site visits, sales trips, etc.), then you do need to reduce the risks as much as reasonably practicable for this activity. Driving on the road is one of the highest risk activities in most businesses that do it, and one of the most difficult aspects of managing it is that there are so many other people on the road….
Basic management of driving will involve:
1. Ensuring that all vehicles are fit for purpose and have a first aid kit and fire extinguisher
2. Staff have the required license to drive the vehicle they are driving
3. Staff are aware of the effects of fatigue and are never required to drive while excessively tired (give some form of training for this and record the training in your training register)
4. They have a suitable means of emergency comms (a cell phone is usually OK, but if your staff travel in remote areas frequently it may be necessary to get satellite comms)
5. Strict drug and alcohol policy
You should also check the weather forecast, and avoid driving if there is extreme weather on the horizon.
If your staff drive a LOT, then it might be a good idea to sign them up to do a defensive driving course (there are some idiots on the roads, and it will likely be one of those that causes the accident, rather than your staff or you!). Make sure you keep a record of this training in your training register.