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Jail threat for bosses of dangerous drivers

Added: (Wed Jun 06 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - www.accidentcompensation.com is warning bosses new rules could be be introduced next year which would land them with hefty fines or jail terms if employees are involved in car crashes. The government wants to make company owners responsible for their workers while out and about on the road.

Last year www.accidentcompensation.com campaigned for employers to not pressure sales staff into driving fast in order to get to appointments on time. We called on them to give guidance on planning rest breaks on journeys. Now the government could be about to follow up with new rules.

Companies will have to put systems into place to prevent crashes and not just haphazardly hand over car keys. This will mean asking about driving histories and checking licences.

Adrian Miles is principal of Accident Compensation:

“A large number of accidents on the roads are caused every year by business people not giving enough time to get to and from meetings. Few plan proper rest breaks and many try and continue negotiations over the phone whilst driving. For far too long, this has been ignored by bosses, now the government is taking notice and bringing in real regulations. Bosses should now sit up and make sure they, and their staff, are ready for the new rules when they come into force next year.”

Here is the www.accidentcompensation.com guide to what employers should check:

Check driving licence and driving history;
Make sure that company vehicles are safe;
Make sure there are pressures on time that could cause dangerous driving. Examples: tight deadlines and bonus schemes creating incentive to speed.
Make sure there is an action plan to make sure company drivers are safe. Look at training, installing tachographs;
Make sure employees take rest breaks on longer journeys;
Ban employees from using mobile phones whilst driving. Rules could be made to switch them off whilst en route.

Further information from Matthew Clarke on 01209 822060 matthew@spinoffice.co.uk

Note for editors:

www.accidentcompensation.com is part of www.interactive-law.co.uk and is run by West Cornwall based Full Force Marketing. The site is NOT a claims handling service but a referral system for PI solicitors and a free online information database.

Consultation paper on: www.hse.gov.uk/road

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