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The rights and welfare of commercial drivers

Two years on from the COVID pandemic and the fleet industry are still struggling with driver shortages. In an attempt to resolve the issue, the industry are trying their best to attract younger, more diverse drivers. However, another issue is bubbling under the surface: drivers rights are not being met making the mission of attracting more drivers much harder to accomplish.


With driving being a mobile occupation managers are having a hard time working out what they can do to help. Here are some laws to make it clearer:


  1. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees who are required to drive.


  1. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that mangers must: Have a safety management plan, carry out and record risk assessments, implement any safety controls needed, provide workers with safety training and knowledge, ensure employees are physically and psychologically capable and develop and maintain emergency procedures.


  1. The Transport Act 1968 states for drivers of vehicles under 3.5 tonnes:  The maximum daily driving time is 10 hours and the maximum daily duty time is 11 hours. Also all hours must be recorded if workers are required to drive for more than four hours in the day.

How going above and beyond drivers rights can also benefit your business: 

  1. Drivers morale is boosted.

  2. Drivers feel less stressed.

  3. Drivers are less likely to have days off.

  4. Drivers and are more likely to recommend the company to other drivers looking for work.

  5. The companies image and brand will also be improved.


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