The first risk management task of the New Year for any business that uses vehicles is to check all the driving licences of its staff. This is the most basic thing you can do to ensure your drivers are legally entitled to drive your vehicles.
You may be asking ‘Why do this the first week of January?’ this is because over the Christmas period anyone caught drink driving will have been processed and their licence revoked.
One of the local Police forces near to me has, over the Christmas period caught 140 drink drivers. Now if we expand that across the other 51 forces in Britain that would equate to over 7,000 people who had a valid driving licence before Christmas and are starting the New Year unable to drive.
In any time of rising unemployment people will be doing everything in their power to maintain their job and that may mean they ‘forget’ to tell you that they are no longer able to drive.
It is your legal responsibility as an employer to ensure all your drivers are suitably licensed.
If you want any help with this please call the team for advice on how to do it or to request a free resource to help you check your licences properly.