Driving when tired
While at work , we are all depending on the clock. Many of us wish that the day would have twenty-five hours. At least…
It is important for each of us to be at work and do our job at the most appropriate time and if possible without delay.
It is though that punctuality is not as high a priority to mediterranean European’s s than to the British? But, we are not here to discuss how freakish and time obsessed our great nation is, however instead we are going to share few regulations that businesses are having to deal with concerning goods vehicles and driving when tired.
Managing a driver’s hours is not an easy task especially controlling how actively the driver is complying with the regulations their self. If you consider that when employees are far away from the office or the factory monitoring could be complicated when it comes to how they are dealing with sleep, rest, food and delivery times.
How do you know if they are driving when tired?
Implementing the latest technology within company vehicles is certainly quite helpful and would give a lot of information about the driving and resting patterns of the driver however there is one fact which is clear, serious sanctions could be imposed on the driver( loss of vocational driving license ) and may include a substantial monetary sum for the company.
Driver fatigue is a major issue for safety on the road. The obligation of managers and health and safety advisors is to prevent harm and raise awareness about the consequences.
The “Rules on Drivers “ is the guidance provided by the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency (VOSA) (Regulations EC 561/2006)
Maximum of 9 hours of driving per day, only possible to be extended up to 10h per day twice a week
regular breaks should be taken not more than every 4.5 hours of driving and they should be for at least 45 minutes.
maximum of 56 hours of weekly driving and not more than 90 for two weeks period
daily rest of at least 11 hours, and weekly one of 45 hours.
Most of the above is to prevent driving when tired.
Since may 2006 every large vehicle over3.5 tones has to have a digital tachograph, which records the working hours of the driver, the speed, details of the breaks taken and so-on. These rules are making it much easier for the Police and VOSA to detect drivers’ errors and negligence.
The aim is, that with the continuous improvement of technology, is expected that by 2020 the devices will be able to transfer info about drivers’ behavour and the traffic authorities would be able to run remote checks, without even stopping the vehicles.
Fatigue here is the major risk which drivers and managers are up against. A fatigued driver could make mistakes on the road which could lead to fatal consequences, in which case the company could be prosecuted for corporate manslaughter.
This is probably the most serious criminal offence which company could be prosecuted for, with possible fines up to £500.000.
There are three key areas of risk: the driver, the vehicle, and the journey.
Above all managers should be certain about the level of competence of their drivers.
Some younger employees might also need additional training and all drivers should be encouraged to take breaks, if they feel they are driving when tired.
The main priority should be safety above everything else including a punctual delivery time.
A good level of communication between the management, drivers and the safety expert is of a great benefit for the safe organization of the job and also the drivers’ feedback is essential to achieve desired results.
Good condition of vehicles, regular and preventive maintenance, a degree of knowledge from the driver to spot possible problems and quickly solve them, all are essential factors for the safe delivery of goods.
Correct and efficient planning of the journey is also a key for controlling the risk of fatigue. The highest risk times at the road are between 2am and 6am and 2pm until 4pm, so avoiding these times would be helpful; avoiding congested times and routes when possible; make sufficient time for unexpected circumstances; plan realistic delivery schedules. Always when possible, avoid night shifts, they are proven to be more dangerous factor than any other time for traveling.
And always remember, that it is more important to get there, than to rush and not get at all.
And finally, good organization is essential for this and any other kind of business.
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