Is my employer responsible for at-work road safety?

Yes. Some employers already carry out a road risk assessmentBut many employers do not, ranging from those with large fleets to small companies with one or two drivers.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)/Department for Transport guidance Driving at work - Managing work-related road safety states: "Some employers believe, incorrectly, that provided they comply with certain road traffic law requirements, e.g. company vehicles have a valid MOT certificate, and that drivers hold a valid licence, this is enough to ensure the safety of their employees, and others, when they are on the road. However, health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities as to all work activities, and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety management system."

For more information, see the HSE’s road safety webpages.

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