The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is pressing employers to tighten upon job-related driving safety before new laws in December make employerspotentially liable if employees use mobile phones at the wheel. Driving at Work: Managing Work-related Road Safety has been developedjointly with the Department of Transport to remind employers of their legalresponsibilities under health and safety law towards staff driving in worktime. It stresses the importance of having and communicating policies and givesadvice on carrying out risk assessments to ensure employees are adequatelyprotected. However, research suggests that British motorists may still be taking majorrisks while driving. More than one in four admit using their mobile phone tomake or receive calls while driving, according to a report by ContinentalResearch. And 10 per cent admit to keying-in a text message when ‘in control’of their vehicle. Continental Research’s James Myring said: “Turning off phones whiledriving may be the only way to resist the urge to answer the phone and resistprosecution.” Firms urged to lead mobile safety driveOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.