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Driving safety forward

Companies in County Durham are being reminded of their responsibilities for their employees who drive for business purposes.

Durham County Council is working with small and medium-sized businesses to help them ensure they comply with legal requirements and have appropriate health and safety policies in place.

All employers have a duty to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their staff, including in relation to work-related driving.

The council’s road safety team is offering advice and guidance to companies to help them to ensure they comply with the law.

And thanks to funding from the Mid Durham Area Action Partnership, the team is also offering free driver taster sessions to companies within the AAP areas of Castleside, Lanchester, Esh Winning, Ushaw Moor and Brandon.

The sessions are aimed at demonstrating driving techniques that reduce fuel consumption, reduce maintenance required on vehicles and result in safer driving.

In addition, companies in the Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe areas with staff who drive vans, company and private cars while at work are also being offered training courses focusing on safe and fuel efficient driving. This training has been made possible through funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Alan Kennedy, road safety section manager at Durham County Council, said: “The legislation is clear that companies must have policies and procedures in place to manage and reduce the risks to staff who drive while on company business.

“It applies to all companies, even small start-ups, and therefore it’s essential that they know their responsibilities and comply with them.

“The road safety team is here to give advice and guidance to businesses to help them effectively manage their work-related road safety.

“With funded courses being available for company drivers in some areas of the county, businesses cannot afford to neglect this area of their responsibility.”

Companies can find out more about their legal responsibilities and whether they can take advantage of the free training by contacting the council’s road safety team on 0191 383 3767 or 0191 383 3769.

Ends.

via Press Release-Durham County Council.

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