Action urged over fleet driver fatigue
Fleet managers should urgently review their policies to reduce the risk of drivers falling asleep at the wheel, according to the Fleet Driver Training Association.
The statement came in response to a new government research into the problem and a recent RAC poll showing driver fatigue may be responsible for up to 350 deaths and 4,000 injuries per year.
To help combat the problem, the FDTA is suggesting special guidelines should be issued to company car and drivers by their employers immediately.
‘We all know that many company drivers end up working long hours, and too often have tight schedules to stick to,’ said director of System Driver Training Paul Ashton.
‘But in today’s more safety-conscious climate there’s really no excuse for drivers to stay behind the wheel if they’re half asleep.
‘The large goods vehicle sector is now well regulated and it’s clearly time for this degree of common sense to filter through into the company car and van sector.’