Ignorance is no defence as small businesses lack awareness of duty of care to employees driving at work Tuesday 9 August 2011 PDF Print Run Your Cars provides risk management services to help organisations meet their legal requirements Despite the fact that about a quarter of all vehicle miles travelled currently on Britain’s roads are for work purposes (excluding commuting) 1, less than 5 per cent of small businesses in the UK have a person designated to fleet management, let alone a dedicated fleet manager. This has led to a striking lack of awareness among small businesses, and many medium sized organisations, of the responsibilities they shoulder for their business drivers, regardless of whether they are driving a company or privately owned vehicle. Run Your Cars introduces risk management services to help companies of all sizes to meet the legislation requirements in a cost-effective and efficient way. The issue is a massive one with 3 million company car drivers and a further 5 million drivers carrying out work-related journeys in their private cars. In fact, 20 of these drivers die every week on our roads. It is the employers who have a moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety of their drivers. And, investigations show that the Police and HSE will jointly scrutinise accidents, considering how both employees and employers will be involved in any resulting prosecutions. For comprehensive guidance, business owners should download the HSE guide to managing work related road safety: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg382.pdf Steve Whitmarsh from Run Your Cars comments, “People driving on company business are considered to be at work, their cars being their place of work. Many companies encourage their staff to drive their own cars believing that this would be more cost effective and would reduce their liabilities. In truth, the associated risks are higher than ever as businesses have less control over vehicle condition and insurance. In the eyes of the Health and Safety Executive there is no distinction between someone driving a vehicle on business and someone operating a machine tool in a factory. So, companies need to implement some form of risk management system for driving at work. We don’t suggest for a moment that all small businesses take on a fleet manager. That would be costly and wasteful. However, they do need to be aware of their legal responsibilities towards employees driving for work purposes and take steps to address them. We offer companies of all sizes the services they need to meet the requirements of legislation in a cost-effective, efficient and compelling way. They ignore their responsibilities at their peril!” Run Your Cars customers pay a low cost monthly membership fee per vehicle which gives them access to the following: • An online fleet management system • Free RAC breakdown • Free Accident Management • Online risk management solution • Specially negotiated rates on hire cars • Massive discounts on servicing at over 6000 main dealer and independent outlets • Vehicle contract hire and leasing For further information on these and other services from Run Your Cars go to their website at www.runyourcars.com. About Run Your Cars Runyourcars.com is a trading style of Multifleet Vehicle Management Ltd, an independent fleet management business based in Henley In Arden, Warwickshire and backed by one of the most innovative private equity funds in the UK – Forward Group PLC. Working in partnership with leading service providers, Run Your Cars offers businesses of all sizes a comprehensive range of fleet management services. Major investments in the finest fleet management system and pioneering, flexible, web-based customer service technology have resulted in Run Your Cars offering customers an innovative, industry leading fleet management solution. Contact details Media enquiries: Steve Whitmarsh Multifleet Vehicle Management Ltd t/a runyourcars.com Forward House High Street Henley In Arden Warwickshire B95 5AA Tel: 0844 557 6222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.runyourcars.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Run Your Cars in the following categories: Leisure & Hobbies, Motoring, Business & Finance, Travel, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, Computing & Telecoms, Transport & Logistics, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.