“The ‘new commute’ – is an employee’s home their official place of work?”

With the rise of homeworking in the wake of the coronavirus crisis is creating issues for fleets when it comes to classifying journeys.

Describing the problem as the “new commute,” revolve around whether an employee’s home is now officially their place of work.

If someone is working from home rather than the office, then it raises the question of which is actually their place of work. This is important when it comes to both expenses and risk management.

 For example, if someone now drives their own car to the office once a week, are they allowed to reclaim their travel costs using AMAP rates, as they would for any other business journey that they undertake?

The other major issue is whether, if someone now uses their own car to travel from home to work, whether that is now seen as a business journey from a risk management point of view, rather a commute.

Ordinarily, driving at work includes any person who drives as part of their work, either in their own car or a company vehicle. Commuting to and from work does not count as driving at work.

The HMRC rules in this area were often inconsistently applied. Normally, they were based on the employee’s contract of employment showing that they were home-based but there was also a reasonableness test, to ensure that the employee is working from home rather than the office for a proportionally greater length of time.

As always with points of taxation, it is better to have hard and fast rules but these are open to local interpretation and fleets can potentially suffer from a lack of uniformity.

Any employees who work from home for the majority of time but sometimes visit the office using their own vehicles have, strictly speaking, all become grey fleet – and should be subject to all the usual grey fleet management practices.

This needs the Health and Safety Executive clarification.

Plastic bag use continues to fall in England

Since the introduction of the 5p charge for plastic bags in supermarkets back in 2015, there has been a 95% drop in sales of single-use carrier bags reported by main supermarkets.

In this last year alone there has been a 59% fall in the sale of single-use carrier bags. According to Government data, 226 million bags were sold in the past 12 months across Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer and the Co-operative Group. This total is 332 million bags fewer than in 2018-2019. Whilst this further fall in the sale of single-use plastic bags is welcomed there is still much work to be done to address the environmental issues caused by plastic waste.

It is encouraging to see in such a short space of time the huge difference our plastic carrier bag charge has had in reducing the amount of plastic we use in our everyday lives. We have all seen first hand the devastating impact that plastic bags have on the environment, littering our beautiful countryside and threatening the world’s marine life.

Sales of plastic carrier bags are down by 322m, which is positive and sounds a lot, but sales of ‘bags for life’ rose to 1.5bn in 2018. And bags for life contain more plastic than carrier bags do. To deter people from using bags for life like throwaways, the Government should increase the cost of bags for life, which successfully led to decreased sales in the Republic of Ireland, or ideally should ban them.”

With UK supermarkets using 900,000 tonnes of plastic, we urgently need reductions in plastic packaging across every aisle of the supermarket, as well as at checkout.

How the Pandemic has Changed How Much we Recycle at Home

In addition to the incredible health, economic, and social changes in our country, our nation’s supply chain has been drastically altered by the pandemic.

Many of us have also had to adjust to new household routines.  Some people have found themselves unemployed, furloughed, or working from home.  Most children have been out of school since March and may not be returning in September.  We are bulking up on packaged goods, food, and beverages more, while traveling and eating out less.

Because we are staying home more, that means we are also consuming more products at home instead of in restaurants, bars, stores, etc. Where recyclable items at restaurants like cardboard and aluminum were once being recycled in larger volumes, they are now being brought home and possibly thrown in the waste stream. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The average U.S. household has seen an increase of nearly 25% in waste being put on the curb each week.

Now, imagine what that could mean for the supply chain and the environment if people don’t do their part to recycle even the most basic commodities while at home!

Online ordering has soared during the pandemic, creating a large increase in the number of boxes thrown out by families every week.

4 Easy Items to Recycle At Home

We can all do our part to make sure that the items that can be recycled find their way to the correct part of the waste collector’s truck. If you are new to recycling, here are some basic items to look for and separate for your local waste collector that will make you a recycling superhero in your community:

Cardboard Boxes – Most residential dustbin collectors will pick up cardboard for recycling.  Be sure yours is separated from other commodities, break down the boxes so they are flat, and keep them from being soiled by fluids, food, or other contaminants.

Plastic Bottles– Bottled water and sports drinks are commonly bottled using PET. Rinse the bottles out and separate them with your recyclables.

High-density polyethylene (or HDPE) plastic  – Other squeeze bottles are made with HDPE.  Be sure to rinse these thoroughly and make sure your local recycler actually can use these items in their processes. 

Plastic bags should not be thrown in with recyclables.  Take them back to your local store to deposit there, or better yet, reuse them in your own future shopping.

Aluminum Cans – People are buying more packaged drinks in larger quantities, severely depleting the aluminum can supply chain.  Now that most aluminum producers are back operating at near or full capacity, we can do our part to make sure our pop and beer cans find their way to our recycling bin

Keeping Our Earth Sustainable for Generations

All of these factors have changed how much we recycle at home.  Now, more than ever, we need to be vigilant in our recycling efforts, not only to help the supply chain recover more quickly, but also to make sure we are taking care of the environment for generations to come.

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Green groups express disappointment in Boris Johnson’s ‘New Deal’ recovery package

Key members of the UK’s green economy have been offering their thoughts on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 recovery package, the fundamentals of which have now been unveiled. The general feeling is one of dismay, following months of campaigning.

In a speech delivered in the West Midlands on 30th June 2020, Boris Johnson unveiled an initial £5bn for infrastructure and skills projects across the UK. He vowed to “build, build, build” and bring about a “New Deal” for the nation, in which the rebound from the economic crisis borne of the Covid-19 pandemic addresses key social issues.

But the New Deal is far from “Green”, key NGOs, think-tanks, trade bodies and thought leaders are warning.

Johnson has received a string of policy briefings and open letters in recent weeks, urging him to align the recovery package with the UK’s net-zero target and to prioritise funding for sectors spurring the low-carbon transition or working to protect nature. He and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have repeatedly assured the authors of such documents, as well as MPs, journalists and the general public, that policies to boost the manufacture of low-carbon goods and to decarbonise the nation’s most-emitting sectors would form a “vital” part of the Government’s recovery strategy.

Now, key figures are accusing Johnson and Sunak of overstating their “green” commitments and calling for better environmental provisions to be unveiled by the Treasury in July.

The key concerns which the package has raised across the UK’s green economy.

Poor provisions for retrofitting

Buildings account for around 40% of global emissions and one-third of energy use in the UK and, while improved standards for new housing and business properties are forthcoming, the UK Government has repeatedly been accused of failing to support the decarbonisation of existing stock.

The Department for Education has this week outlined a £1bn package to retrofit schools, but Students Organising for Sustainability claims that £23bn would be necessary to ensure that all schools are net-zero by 2030.

A lack of movement on heat and flexible energy

11 months ago, Citizens Advice warned that the Government’s failure to implement a “credible” framework for the decarbonisation of heat for commercial and domestic use could undermine public confidence in the net-zero transition.

Poor clarity on skills

Up to 2.2 million Brits could face unemployment unless the UK’s Covid-19 recovery package contains measures to reskill them for “green-collar” roles.

The UK Government was reportedly set to launch a dedicated fund for reskilling Brits to work in the renewable energy, cleantech and built environment sectors, coupled with additional investment in these sectors to assist with their expansion. The Conservative Party is notably targeting two million “green-collar” jobs in the UK by 2030.

Jobs, skills and infrastructure are core to the UK’s green recovery. Building ahead of need so that electric vehicles can be rolled out at pace, gas can be greened and industry can be decarbonised, creating the green collar jobs that will keep the UK at the front of the fight against climate change.

“The Prime Minister’s speech rightly identifies the importance of ‘building back greener’ but this has to be rapidly backed up by support for shovel-ready projects and policy decisions that are aligned with the UK’s climate, environmental and clean growth goals,” Aldersgate Group director Nick Molho added. “Such an approach is not just needed to meet the UK’s environmental ambitions, but it is also essential to ensure that the UK’s recovery plan can address key public interest concerns around unemployment, regional inequality and resilience.

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WWF: Major consumer goods giants only sourcing 8% recycled plastics

McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper and Procter & Gamble (P&G) collectively source 4.3 million metric tonnes of plastic annually, of which just 8% comes from recycled feedstocks.

The new report from WWF, released on Monday (8 June) to mark World Oceans Day.

Entitled ‘Transparent 2020’, the report tracks the plastics footprint of each of these five corporates, all founding members of the NGO’s ‘ReSource: Plastic’ initiative, to mark the scheme’s first anniversary. Under the scheme, corporate members are given access to a digital platform which enables them to develop specific actions on the road to reaching their long-term, large-scale ambitions to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics.

The platform is laid out across three key pillars, namely maximising, measuring and multiplying the impact which can be achieved if corporates “correctly” implement ambitious plastic plans.

The new report details how each of the five companies has used the digital tools and WWF’s other support to measure and manage their plastics footprint, and what the data collected reveals about the systematic challenges in the plastics industry.

It reveals that all five of the assessed companies are exploring refillable or reusable packaging systems to replace as much as 20% of their current portfolios, and have set time-bound, numerical targets for increasing both the recyclability of their packaging and the amount of recycled plastics they source.

Unanimous difficulty in making rapid progress against the latter of these aims, WWF concluded, points to systemic challenges in recycling infrastructure, collection systems and supply chains.

In order to address these challenges, the NGO is calling on ReSource members to set internal measures which disincentivise the use of virgin plastic and to collaborate in industry-wide lobbying for policies which will promote the availability and adoption of recycled content – such as the incoming requirements in the EU and the UK for plastic products to incorporate at least 30% recycled content, or face higher levels of tax.

The report also urges ReSource members to accelerate efforts to remove small, hard-to-recycle plastics such as straws and stirrers from their global portfolios; to work with industry bodies to boost plastic recycling rates in the US, currently stagnating around 9% and to develop ‘action plans’ for minimizing plastic pollution in the worst-affected nations, such as Mexico, China, India and the Philippines. Along with the US, the report reveals, 57.4% of the plastics from the analysed companies that are then landfilled end up in these geographies.

On the latter recommendation, WWF urges corporates to collaborate with each other, NGOs, conservation groups and policymakers rather than working alone. Such partnerships can help ensure strong environmental and social standards, prevent unintended consequences and bring about broader change, the report concludes.

Bio-based plastics, which account for up to 11.3% of the analysed corporates’ packaging portfolios, also receive detailed analysis and recommendations. WWF warns members against shifting to bioplastics without prioritising and investing in recycled stocks, and against sourcing bioplastics in a way which is not one-planet compatible. For example, some bioplastics require huge amounts of land and water to produce, or are not easily recyclable or degradable, undoing, on balance, any benefits of displacing virgin fossil-based materials.



Lockdown sees global emissions fall by 17%

New research has suggested that daily global carbon emissions recorded in April 2020 were 17% lower compared to the same month last year, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic and forced lockdowns and postponement in production.

The empty streets of London as a result of the lockdown, which is only starting to be lifted in the country

New research published (19 May) in the journal Nature Climate Change has revealed that daily recordings of carbon emissions across the globe were 17% lower compared to April 2019.

The research notes that annual emissions could fall by 7% if lockdown restrictions remain in place. But with nations already kick starting the reopening of certain parts of the economy, and the UK on course to life more lockdown measures in June, the researchers claim that the annual decline in emissions would reach 4%. In contrast, emissions had been rising by around 1% in previous years. 

Some countries, such as China, have recorded emissions reductions of around 25% and the decline in the UK reached around 31% for the month of April.

Coronavirus and globalisation: What next for supply chain sustainability?

Covid-19 has brought global economies to a standstill and knocked the confidence in global and connected trade. Would businesses benefit from pivoting to more localised value chains, or do global supply chains enable a global shift towards a climate-resilient future?

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international commerce has been described as “ugly”. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has forecasted declines in international trade and commerce of between 13% to 32% this year.

Impacts to trade through transportation limits and production slowdown are impacting business productivity, with 94% of the Fortune 1000 seeing supply chain disruptions. Elsewhere, a survey conducted by the Institute For Supply Chain Management last month, found that 75% of companies are reporting supply chain disruptions due to impacts of the coronavirus.

Many manufacturers are now jostling to shift the structure of their supply chains to make up for missed deliveries, reclaiming some practices often undertaken by suppliers into their own factories or even pivoting production systems to make different products entirely – as seen by the sheer volume of manufacturers producing protective PPE equipment for frontline medical workers.

There is a risk that this short-term focus on operational capacity and processes could unravel efforts to integrate suppliers into more sustainable practices.

It is apparent that for many organisations, the globalisation of manufacturing has created a scenario where supply chains are unprepared for disruption. They’re either too localised into specific regions or span multiple continents and tiers to the points where end-user businesses won’t be aware of associated links to deforestation, human rights abuse and other environmental and ethical pinch points.

However, the impacts of the coronavirus on worker productivity, economic security and health and wellbeing pose specific threats to business. Many businesses will start to diversify their supplier base to minimise the risk of future disruptions and firms will be expected to assess the resilience of the entire supply chain, including second and third-tier suppliers.

Local vs global

With more than four trillion consumer goods products shipped globally annually, it is a staggering oversight that end-to-end traceability of goods across the value chain remains a “black hole of insight”.

Going forward, businesses and industries will seek to modernise supply chain practices, regardless of whether they are global or local and with the introduction of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and processes which include cyber-physical systems (CPS), the internet of things (IoT), industrial internet of things (IIOT), cloud computing, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence (like Industry 4.0) will likely solve some of the transparency challenges.

Managing Hazardous Waste Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a hospital or medical environment, preventing and delaying the spread of Coronavirus goes far beyond washing hands. Good biosecurity is essential, and the safe disposal of infected waste will save lives.

There is a need for efficient Hazardous Waste Management (HWM) to manage the transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of huge quantity of generated Hazardous Waste (HW) from industrial and commercial facilities as well as from smaller household sources as they can also pose an immediate and significant threat to environment and personnel.

The scale of the current situation, particularly in countries such as the UK which has never seen an outbreak of infectious disease of this magnitude, may seem overwhelming for those on the front line. 

Inciner8, one of the world’s largest respected incinerator manufacturers, offers a range of Incinerators for all applications in the waste management industry, products are specifically designed with clean air incineration at the forefront of product development for Medical, Animal by product and General Municipal waste streams.

The teams have been instrumental in providing high temperature medical incinerators to safely destroy infected waste during outbreaks of foot and mouth disease, avian bird flu, swine flu, and other infectious diseases.


Recycling end-of-life vehicles

It is an increasingly vital cycle for the survival of the planet and the sustainability of our economic growth, that end-of-life vehicles: cars, commercial vehicles or industrial vehicles which are at the end of their life cycle are collected. 

The precious ferrous and non-ferrous, aluminium and steel scrap, plastic, tyres, electronics and many other materials that recycling companies collect and transform into secondary raw materials.

Also in this case operators’ job is very important and our task is to make this work as simple and efficient as possible.

The semi-trailers body is straight inside (not folded sides!). The importance of having straight sides is in fact particularly important for those who, like car recyclers, have to load large bulky scraps, could be delayed if the sides inside the body are not-straight, because they can make the loading and unloading of the material more complicated.

In addition to this important feature, another possibility which is particularly appreciated in the crane suitable to host vehicles to be scrapped, by loading them directly with the crane installed on board onto the semi-trailer or to load these materials directly on site.

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Women need to be recognised in workplace Occupational Health and Safety

Men and women’s different working conditions and treatment by society can affect the risks both genders face at work, as well as how to assess and control these risks, according to a new resource published by the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF).  

While there is an emphasis on creating safer and healthier workplaces, often women’s occupational health and safety is not given enough attention or ignored completely, putting workers at risk of injury and ill health.

Many women have raised concerns that health and safety issues particularly affecting women at work (such as gender-related violence, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause) are not being adequately addressed.

Both “gender”, which describes those characteristics of women and men that are largely created by societal expectations, and “sex”, which encompasses characteristics that are biologically determined, affect workers’ health and safety in many ways.

Exposure to the same risks may impact on women and men differently, “Work predominantly undertaken by women is often wrongly presumed to be lighter, easier and safer than that undertaken by men and consequently receives less attention. While men may suffer more accidents and fatalities at work, the reality is that women often work in physically hard and often repetitive jobs such as in agriculture, cleaning, hotel work, social care, domestic work and food manufacturing”. 

The keys to gender-sensitive OSH practice aimed at governments, employers and workers highlight the need to:

  • develop policies to address inequalities;
  • explore the effects of gender roles on safety and health;
  • include gender in risk assessment;
  • analyse risk in both male- and female-dominated occupations;
  • ensure that OSH research (including government research) takes account of gender differences;
  • develop systems to collects sex-disaggregated OSH data;
  • incorporate the findings from OSH research and data into policy-making and workplace action;
  • provide equal access to occupational health services for all;
  • provide gender sensitive information, education and training;
  • design workplaces, work equipment, tools and PPE for women and men;
  • consider working time arrangements and work-life balance; and
  • fully involve women and men workers in the decisions that affect their safety and health at all levels.

20 ways to manage municipal waste more effectively in 2020

2020 marks the start of a new year and a new decade.

It’s a great opportunity for local authorities to assess how well thier essential services are functioning, in order to put new initiatives in place to innovate your services over the next 10 years.

20 top tips to help create a foundation for improvement in 2020 and beyond…

1. Set clear refuse collection policies
A strong framework is critical to setting clear expectations for the year ahead, so that colleagues, collection crews and local communities know exactly what refuse will be collected and when.

Think carefully about how to communicate these policies to residents, so they can check whether guidelines are being met throughout the year, in order to build a trusting relationship.

2. Encourage people to recycle more
Local authorities have a duty of care to not only educate households on effective waste disposal, but to promote recycling where possible. This starts with explaining to residents exactly what materials can be recycled and when.
The easier the recycling policies are to follow, the better uptake you will get in the local area. Consistency is key; recyclable goods should be collected on the same weekly or bi-weekly day, so that households get into the habit of putting the right refuse out for collection.

3. Introduce new marketing initiatives
Tying into recycling initiatives, it’s important to think about how the waste management strategy converts into marketing activities, in order to ensure investment drives results.
Consider your key goals for the year ahead, and craft marketing campaigns around them.
For example, if your top objective is to increase recycling rates by 25%, then the marketing focus could be around practical suggestions to help households recycle more materials.

4. Digitally engage with local residents
Many local authorities still rely on paper communications to manage waste, but online initiatives can do a better job of updating the community on refuse collection activities.
One effective way to digitally engage people is introducing a resident mobile app, which enables households to look up your policies, check when their next bin collection is taking place, and leave feedback on the service being provided.

5. Create a two-way information flow
Mobile apps are not only an effective method for reaching residents; they encourage the kind of two-way feedback needed to improve your services.
Local residents are the people whose opinions matter most, as they judge the quality of the waste management operation. There may be small issues that the central team is unaware of, which can be easily fixed if residents have the means to report them.

6. Find waste management ambassadors within the community
Mobilising neighbourhoods to manage their waste effectively doesn’t have to just be driven by authority officials. There are often natural advocates within the community, who can act as official ambassadors to support your campaigns.
In 2020, use the new mobile app to search for waste management or streets and environment ambassadors, who can help you to improve collection services and recycling uptake. Many people will happily take on this role voluntarily, if it makes the neighbourhood a nicer place to live.

7. Shout about your successes
It’s very easy for local authorities to get caught up in negative stories and community complaints.
If an improved approach to waste management yields successes in your area, make sure you communicate it to residents, and thank people for their role in improving local services.
Positivity breeds positivity.

8. Learn from complaints and show residents you’re listening
To truly innovate waste management services, you need to learn from what local residents have to say and create an action plan based on the points raised.
It’s also important to report back on these actions, to make sure that residents realise you are listening to their feedback and making changes.

9. Get a complete, clear overview of all activities
Understanding what the community wants from their refuse collection service is paramount, but local authorities can only respond effectively to this feedback if you have a complete overview of all the waste management activities.
Many teams struggle to achieve this overview currently, because staff are operating varied systems and processes. Centralising all workflows through municipal waste management technology is the simplest, easiest way to work holistically, making effective strategic decisions in 2020 and beyond.

10. Get all team members working from the same system
Integrating all waste management activities through a central technology platform is fundamental to creating a smooth-running operation, yet the success of any tech investment relies on all team members using that software effectively.

11. Analyse your current waste management workflows
One of the most powerful aspects of waste management software is the data insights it reveals about your operation.
Channelling everything through one platform reveals immediate issues with current workflows that can easily be amended and improved for a better-functioning refuse collection system.

12. Go paperless
The importance of sustainability has increased significantly in the past few years and local authorities will be under pressure to enhance your eco-friendly credentials in 2020.

13. Streamline collection logistics
Think carefully about how central decisions impact logistics in the field.
For example, increased data on refuse volumes will tell you exactly how many trucks are needed to collect rubbish week-on-week. You may be able to reduce the number of collection crews on duty some weeks as a result, cutting your carbon footprint while saving costs.

14. Form closer connections with crews
With fewer crews potentially on duty in 2020, the relationship you build with field-based workers will be very important to ensure a seamless operation.
To achieve this, you need a system in place for gathering feedback, which also allows crews to report problems encountered en route.

15. Upgrade your in-cab technology
To make communication with collection crews easier, local authorities may need to look more closely at your in-cab technology in the year ahead.
Best-in-class mobile applications digitise the relationship between central staff and teams in the field, empowering crews to receive work on the go, co-ordinate vehicle checks, capture evidence of exceptions and navigate to job locations.

16. Respond quickly to incidents
Improves the way waste management teams respond to unforeseen circumstances.
For example, if collection crews report incidents like missed collections and fly tipping. This reaction process shows residents that you are committed to optimising waste management services, making sure the neighbourhood is a nice place to live.

17. Put plans in place for peak waste periods
It’s important that your waste management team also uses software to look ahead to periods where refuse volumes may surge peak in 2020.
Regular calendar event such as Easter, Christmas and Bank Holidays can play havoc with collection days and cause a rubbish surplus, which often takes weeks to clear. Understanding the likely impact ahead of time will enable your team to create mitigating plans, and stop black bags mounting up on the kerbside.

18. Regularly report on your performance
An essential objective for 2020 should be to report regularly on your waste management performance, and then share your successes with management colleagues.
The quickest way to get buy-in on future marketing campaigns, policy changes and technology investment is to show return on investment (ROI) – and with the right public sector waste management software.

19. Look at where budget can be spent more efficiently
On the subject of ROI, effective reporting systems will show your waste management team what investment is making a difference.
Use technology to continuously measure performance, making strategic changes where required.

20. Invest in waste management software
Many of the tips we’ve discussed in this blog post involve the use of technology, and that’s with good reason: it’s the simplest, most-effective way to transform your waste management services.
Talented, well-organised teams can only optimise refuse collections so far; to be truly innovative, you need a digital platform that can centralise activities, integrate data, coordinate teams in any location, and enable real-time decisions.
Budgets will continue to be tight in 2020, so the natural urge for local authorities is to shy away from investing in new technology. However, the operational and financial savings made from tech-based improvements will ensure your waste management team is running at top-flight performance over the next 12 months – and beyond.

Road Safety Week (18-24 November): employers urged to step up policies and procedures

As part of Road Safety Week 2019, taking place this week (18-24 November) employers are being asked to step up their driving at work policies and procedures to ensure they choose safe systems solutions.

New research by road safety Charity Brake, organisers of the event, has revealed that nearly a third of adults were in a collision, or had a near miss, with a vehicle on a UK road in the past year. The research, from a survey of 2,000, has been published to highlight the level of danger felt on UK roads and to encourage people to “Step Up for Safe Streets” for National Road Safety Week 2019.

Around a third of all road collisions are believed to involve someone driving for work, making the week an opportunity for employers to take a fresh look at their policies and procedures and consider what could be done to ensure employees are travelling to and at work safely.

Driving for Better Business commissioned a survey to explore the underlying attitudes and behaviours that persist in organisations where employees drive for work-related purposes.

The survey sought to explore where employers’ or employees’ actions – or inaction – could contribute to an increase in occupational road risk through driver distraction, stress, poor maintenance practices and lack of awareness or non-compliance with legal requirements.

Key findings include:

  • There is a disconnect between senior management’s claims of good practice and what the employees driving for work are experiencing.
  • Leaders often fail to ensure all employees who drive for work are aware of and implement the company’s driving for work policy.
  • Most executives don’t know whether or how often staff use their own cars for business yet 90% of the employees surveyed said they did and a surprising number of them were not insured to do so.
  • Awareness of the need for regular vehicle checks is extremely low.
  • Work schedules for employees that drive for work are contributing to stress.

Says a spokesperson for Driving for Better Business:
“Employers and employees have a shared responsibility, and indeed a legal obligation, to manage it (driving at work) effectively, because health and safety law applies to work activities on the road in the same way as it does to all work activities.

A comprehensive and robust driving for work policy is fundamental for any organisation that has employees that drive for work. However, management and leaders need to recognise factors that go beyond compliance with existing regulations and legislation. Policies should recognise and deal with factors that can affect employee wellbeing and lead to poor decision-making while driving for work.

Driving for work policies are only valuable if they are communicated effectively and complied with across the entire organisation. Leaders, management and employees all have a responsibility to abide by the guidance in the organisation’s driving for work policies.”