Last edited 08 Sep 2021

Driving and riding safely for work

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In September 2021, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Transport published guidance on driving and riding safely for work. The guidance explains the responsibilities of anyone who engages workers to drive and ride for work, whether in an HGV or on a two-wheeled or other vehicle.

For some employees, driving or riding may be one of the most dangerous work activities they perform. According to information from HSE, approximately one third of all road traffic collisions (RTCs) in Britain involve someone driving or riding as part of their job.

These risks cannot be completely controlled, but employers (or companies that employ drivers and riders) are advised to take all reasonable steps to manage these risks and do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm in the same way as they would in a fixed workplace. The guidance covers health and wellbeing as well as safety.

Within this guidance is information about how employers can improve the safety of drivers and vehicles throughout their journeys. There are also additional resources regarding the responsibilities of those who ride and drive for work.

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