Unlike several other aspects of fleet management, the potential for risk exposure to turn into serious trouble is considerable - and in this respect, the business should address its responsibilities seriously, too.
The trick is to be ahead - genuinely and structurally ahead - of any rational definition of the general terms of the Health & Safety guidelines, which require all employers:
- "to ensure, as far is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees and others who may be affected by their actions"
It is not difficult. It need not be expensive. It does take a little management resource and ongoing attention.
But applying the points and guidance offered above, and reviewing them periodically in the light of experience, will go a long way to making the company and its drivers and other road users, safe - in more ways than one!