Driving for work

Driving for work involves a risk not only for the driver, but also for fellow workers and members of the public, such as pedestrians and other road users.

New Driving for Work TV campaign

The Road Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána and the Health and Safety Authority have launched a new TV-led campaign that highlights the dangers involved in driving for work to both employers and employees.

Road crashes are a leading cause of worker fatalities. If an employee is driving for work it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure they are fully qualified and experienced enough to do so.

The advert is shown from the employers view point in the aftermath of a collision, involving an employee, while driving for work. The employers express their regret, sorrow and guilt for not having managed employee risk correctly. 
The core message is simple, if you are driving for work, you’re at work !

Employers are legally required to put a driving for work safety plan in place. If not there could be serious consequences for employers and employees.

This advert is based on and has been adapted from a successful campaign run by the Canadian Road Safety Authority.

The campaign is supported by a digital and a social media campaign. You can view the advert here

 

Driving for work includes any person who drives on a road as part of their work either in:

  • company vehicle
or
  • their own vehicle and receives an allowance from their employer for miles driven.
Commuting to work is not classified as driving for work, except where the person’s journey starts from their home and they are travelling to a work location that is not their normal place of work.

Driving for work involves a risk not only for the driver, but also for fellow workers and members of the public, such as pedestrians and other road users.

As an employer or self-employed person, you must, by law, manage the risks that may arise when you or your employees drive for work. Although employers cannot directly control roadway conditions they can promote and influence safe driving behaviour amongst their employees.

In order to assist employers, the Health and Safety Authority and the Road Safety Authority have collaborated in producing a CD-Rom entitled Driving for Work: A Guide for Employers