Home Menu Search

Health and safety still not taken seriously by private hire operators

17 April 2009

Health and safety is a necessary part of the private hire, chauffeur drive and other ‘professional driving’ industries, but some firms are not taking it seriously enough, according to the Institute of Professional Drivers and Chauffeurs (IOPDC).

Adrian Seymour, director of the trade body, believes the huge importance of health and safety legislation doesn’t register with anywhere near the number of operators that it should.

He explained: “It’s vital that more people take seriously these responsibilities, mainly because of potential consequences of not being prepared.

“There are a raft of penalties for companies which have not adequately taken into account the issues involving drivers and vehicles. This includes where an employee’s car is used for business purposes.”

Compelling financial and legal reasons exist for businesses to manage driving activities effectively. For example, a serious accident or breach of health and safety law could result in prosecution. Charges could be brought against the organisation, senior staff and directors, and the result could be not only a legal requirement to carry out improvements, but also fines and prison.”

As a result, the IOPDC believe will announce a new risk management programme for operators in the near future.

Related news, events and information

Safety campaign urges LCV fleets to drive forward with crash and emissions savings to deliver cost reductions

13 April 2010 – Cost control, occupational road risk management and carbon footprint reduction are three agenda-topping but...

Business Champions are Cornerstone of Government Campaign

18 December 2007 – The 'Driving for Better Business' initiative and its 'business champions' are the cornerstone of the...

Commercial Vehicle Safety Confence: The Challenges and Opportunities.

25 March 2020 – The Commercial Vehicle Safety conference will take place at Mercedes Benz World at Brooklands near Weybridge in...

Langleys Solicitors - new 'Business Champion'.

30 March 2010 – Legal firm promotes occupational road risk management to businesses after winning 'Business Champion'...

Driver CPC raises the bar on driving as a professional career

30 September 2008 – The image of truckers as 'out-of-condition and out-of-touch' is part of a motoring folklore bent out of shape...

Safety-focused commercial vehicle fleets in the vanguard of cutting road crash casualties

13 April 2010 – Almost 50 public and private sector fleets, including many of the UK's leading commercial vehicle operators,...

Department for Transport launches latest THINK! campaign

11 October 2014 – The Department for Transport has launched its latest THINK! road safety campaign today to warn drivers of the...

New law means jail for managers who ignore health and safety rules

28 November 2008 – Rogue company directors and managers - including fleet operators - that turn a blind eye to occupational road...

Police to target 'morning after' drivers.

30 November 2012 – THINK! and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) are joining forces to warn drivers that getting...