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ISO 39001 appeal from IAM

23 January 2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for companies to step up their commitment to safer business driving on UK roads, by recommending organisations they employ or hire carry the ISO 39001 accreditation – which shows their drivers have met some of the highest safety standards.

The IAM’s Drive & Survive division conducted a survey in 2014 which alarmingly revealed that 72% of people who drove for business reasons had been offered no training by their employer at all – even though 44% of them said they would welcome the opportunity.

  • Between 2008 and 2013, 3,493 people were killed in accidents involving a driver/rider driving for work, including 515 in 2013 (1).
  • One in three road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work.
  • Every week, around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involve someone at work.
  • In total between 2008 and 2013 there were a total of 322,239 casualties involving a driver or rider driving as part of work (including passengers and other casualties) including 47,602 in 2013. This includes drivers, passengers and others who were killed, seriously injured or injured.

The IAM is reminding business leaders that they are legally obliged to protect their employees, and suggests contracts involving road use should be looking to include ISO 39001.

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