first_img Comments are closed. Employers could beheld responsible if their staff drive dangerously and crash their companyvehicles under proposals being studied by health and safety officials.A Government-appointed task forceis considering ways of using existing legislation to take directors to courtwhere they could be fined or even jailed.Independent research commissionedby the Health and Safety Executive for the task force showed that 25-33 percent of serious road accidents involve someone driving in the course of theirjob. The discussion period for the task force proposals, which were outlined ina document published last week, will last until 25 May.Colin Hague, head of personnel andtraining services for the Borough of Poole, welcomed the debate. He said, “Itis appropriate that employers take responsibility for seeking to ensure drivershave working conditions that protect the safety and lives of drivers and thepublic.”Richard Dykes, task group chairmanand managing director of Mail Services, which is part of the Post Office, said,“The estimate that up to 1,000 people die on the roads in incidents that areconnected to work is startling. “This discussion document is anessential way to gather views.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Directors face bad drivers rapOn 6 Mar 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more