Drive Time: Why Your Business Needs a Driving at Work Policy

 

Many companies employ individuals who spend a great deal of time on the road. However, quite a few of these companies have yet to implement a policy regarding driving while on the employer’s clock and this can be a mistake. It may lead to the employer being liable if something goes wrong. Read Drive Time: Why Your Business Needs a Driving at Work Policy today and consider the following when putting this type of policy into place.

License Requirements

Certain vehicles require a driver to obtain a special type of license. For example, individuals who drive a commercial truck may need to obtain a class A or class B commercial driver’s license. A failure to meet this requirement could lead to legal problems for both the employee and the employer. Make certain the company’s policy clearly states the appropriate license must be held at all times so this isn’t a concern.

Accidents Happen

No matter how cautious a driver is, he or she may be involved in an accident. Regardless of who is at fault in this accident, the driver needs to know what steps to take. First and foremost, every company vehicle should have emergency equipment, such as flares and a high-visibility jacket, in the trunk for these situations. By having a policy in place mandating these items, an employer can ensure the employee is ready regardless of what happens.

Mechanical Issues

Every mechanical issue should be reported to an employer immediately. A driver may hesitate to share this information because he or she doesn’t want to be stuck with an unfamiliar vehicle. The driving at work policy needs to make this a requirement to ensure problems are addressed promptly. This is necessary not only for the safety of the driver but others on the road as well.

Implement a driving at work policy today. The sooner a company does so, the sooner they can reduce their risk of having an employee act improperly and claim this was due to a lack of information. Furthermore, put consequences into place for those who fail to abide by the policy. This shows the company is serious about keeping workers safe while out on the road, which must always be the top priority.