Prior to taking over a company vehicle or to being allowed to drive an own vehicle on company business, a driver should be assessed, and given constructive feedback on best practice driving styles, with an emphasis on protecting not only themselves and others, but the company brand image while driving in the public domain. The ‘End of lease’ costs associated with damaged fleet vehicles will also form part of this session.
Why complete pre-employment driver assessments?
- Safety: One of the primary reasons for conducting pre-employment driver assessments is to ensure the safety of both the driver and others on the road. By evaluating a candidate’s driving skills and behaviour, organisations can identify any potential risks or shortcomings that may increase the likelihood of accidents or incidents.
- Risk management: Assessing prospective employees’ driving abilities helps organisations manage risk effectively. By evaluating their driving history, employers can make informed decisions about whether an individual is suitable for a driving-related role. This reduces the chances of hiring someone with a high risk of accidents, which could lead to legal liabilities and increased insurance costs.
- Compliance: Certain positions require employees to operate company vehicles or transport goods or passengers. In such cases, conducting driver assessments is essential to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. It helps organisations ensure that their drivers meet specific licencing and certification requirements mandated by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 includes the company vehicle as a place of work and states that ’every employer shall ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her employees’.
- Cost reduction: Hiring an employee who is a competent and responsible driver can help minimise costs associated with vehicle maintenance, repair, and insurance. By conducting pre-employment driver assessments, organisations can identify candidates who are more likely to drive safely, reducing the risk of accidents, vehicle damage, and associated expenses.
- Reputation: Employing drivers who demonstrate professionalism and responsible behaviour reflects positively on an organisation’s reputation. By conducting thorough assessments, companies can maintain a high standard of safety and ensure that their drivers uphold their reputation while representing the organisation on the road.
Who should attend?
All staff who will be driving company vehicles during their working day.
- To increase the driver’s awareness
- To make the driver feel comfortable in their new surroundings, informing them all about their new vehicle’s controls
- To increase their level of observation, hazard management and space management
- To preserve the company brand image.
- To instil a responsible attitude towards driving on business
- To demonstrate that the employer takes driving on business seriously
- To identify high risk drivers prior to them receiving a company vehicle
The course involves in-vehicle training for approximately 90 minutes.
Pre-Course Requirements: A full licence for their vehicle category.
Each participant will be assessed on their driving techniques.
A completed driver risk assessment form for each participant will be supplied to their employer.