Managing Occupational Road Risk: driving at work

Warwickshire Road Safety are committed to reducing road casualties and are able to offer a range of road safety services aimed at national organisations including seminars, presentations, training videos and bespoke road safety solutions for businesses.

Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR) affects employees and employers alike. Around a third of fatal and serious road crashes involve someone who was at work. This translates to a 1,000 lives lost a year according to The Department for Transport. The HSE (2008) estimates the cost to employers from road collisions is a staggering £2.7 billion every year in the UK alone.

Journeys undertaken as part of an employee’s job are classified as ‘work’ journeys. An employer may be held liable for any road traffic collisions caused by their employees. Both company and privately owned vehicles are both classed as places of work and as such an employer has a legal responsibility to ensure measures are in place to protect it’s employees.

An employer may be liable for a collision caused by tiredness during the commute to work if their employee is expected to work long hours.

It is therefore essential for companies or organisations to regularly review their driving at work policies. In the event of a serious road collision involving vehicles being used at work, the Police will investigate suspected cases of corporate manslaughter.

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act of 2007 makes company directors legally responsible for the safety of their employees and for the consequences of accidents that involve the wider public.

Managing Occupational Road Risk: driving at work was last updated on February 14, 2014.