Work-related road accidents are much more expensive than many employers realise:


About a quarter of all vehicle miles travelled annually on Britain's roads are for work purposes (excluding commuting).
Data source: Department for Transport/Health and Safety Executive.

The Hidden Costs

  • Loss of company reputation and contracts
  • Fines and costs of prosecution, including legal fees
  • Damage to products/plant/building and equipment
  • Potential loss of key personnel
  • Staff downtime for medical appointments/attendance at court etc.
  • Replacement staff costs and sick pay
  • Loss of production or production delays
  • Increased insurance premiums and excess
  • Claims from third parties
  • Accident investigation and paperwork
  • Repairs to damaged equipment
  • Alternative transport for repair duration
  • Inconvenience
  • Re-delivery
  • Management and administrative time.

Risk Limitation

It’s best not to have a crash in the first place - and other employers have proved that some simple measures any firm can take will make one much less likely. The HSE estimated the costs to employers arising from 'at-work' road traffic accidents to be in the region of £2.7 BILLION per annum. The benefits of managing a driving for work policy include:

  • Reduced accident losses
  • More effective vehicle use
  • Less downtime
  • Improved safety culture
  • Improved public image
  • Higher staff morale
  • Lower insurance costs
  • Lower transport costs
  • Defence against criminal prosecutions and civil litigation
  • Improved business performance

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