Employers have a legal and moral responsibility to look after the safety of their staff, and part of this duty of care is ensuring employees are safe on the roads if their job requires any driving.
It is the responsibility of employers to ensure company cars are in good working order and that their staff have the necessary skills and training for driving. We have more information on how to check the safety of your work vehicle using How Safe is Your Car, a website which rates the safety of new and used vehicles.
Road crashes are the most common form of work-related fatalities, injuries and absence from work in Australia, and studies show that one quarter of all company cars are involved in a crash each year.
We recommend you adopt fleet policies for your work vehicles so you are ensuring employers and staff understand their obligations when using a company car.
The costs of work vehicle crashes
The cost of crashes in a work vehicle can be significant. If a staff member is killed or injured the personal and emotional cost is high. Then there is the financial cost of a work-related crash with unplanned absences, costs to the car, payments to third parties and superannuation.
It is important for companies to do their best to reduce the likelihood of crashes and keep vehicle insurance premiums as well as repair and maintenance costs down.
Most importantly, no employer wants to have one of their staff killed or injured in an accident.