Your company may operate fleet vehicles – everything from passenger cars to delivery trucks or tractor-trailer rigs. Your company may also have employees who use their personal vehicles for company business. When your employees (or contractors) drive vehicles for your company, you have a risk exposure. Certainly vehicles with your company name on the side can advertise both good driving habits and those that you’d rather not advertise. That’s why it is important to properly vet your drivers and maintain timely information on their driving record. The same goes for employees who drive their own vehicles for company business. That exposure may extend to sales staff who use their own vehicles to employees who run errands for the company.
Your vehicle and driver program should include elements regarding how drivers are selected, how driving performance is assessed, a driver training program and other formal and written aspects such as driver rules and requirements.
Your vehicle and driver program should also include a documented vehicle inspection and service component – even for vehicles not governed by DOT rules. Do you have drivers inspect key safety functions and features of vehicles prior to operation? Do you have a formal vehicle service and maintenance tracking process? How about accident response end investigation? Do your drivers know how to respond to a vehicle accident? Do you document your accident investigation process? And do you require mandatory post-accident drug and alcohol testing?
This is just summary information and does not include all possible best practices. Ask us to assess your fleet, vehicle and driver procedures with the goal of reducing your exposure and risk.