What qualifies as driving at work?

There are special rules for those who drive while working

Many employees are unaware that they actually drive for work. Technically, driving at work refers to any driving carried out for business that involves the employee driving a vehicle beyond the scope of your daily commute. This means that your journey to and from the office or place of work.

With a third of road crashes involving someone who is driving for work, it is imperative to understand the risks, both on the road and off, and how to prevent them.

What type of driving qualifies?

As you may already be thinking, there are a lot of situations that qualify as driving at work. Of course, if your role in a company is a driver, you understand the extra considerations your employer has for you (such as allotting time for breaks). However, for non-driving positions, driving at work occurs more often than you may think. Put simply, if the reason for your journey is work, you’re driving at work. Beyond your commute, you’re considered driving at work in many situations:

  • To meet with clients and customers
  • For work-related appointments
  • Running errands
  • To events
  • Commuting to a location that is not the typical place of work

It’s important to note that this all includes an employee driving their own vehicle.

Why does driving at work matter?

Employers must consider the health and safety of their employees at all times. If an employee’s position includes driving and has a collision, especially one where they are harmed or killed, the organisation could be prosecuted. For this reason, employers must be able to assess the driving their employees do and understand the associated risks. These should include the nature of driving, the type of vehicle, frequency, training and associated compliance such as validity of driving licence and insurance.

What do I need to do?

If you drive at work, you’ll need to be sure to have the correct license and that your vehicle is lawfully allowed on the road. Like driving outside of work, you need to be completely able to operate your vehicle. This means knowing when you’re too tired, when to take a break, and when weather or medication should prevent you from a journey. Finally, if you drive for work, you need the appropriate vehicle insurance.

In addition to this, you should make sure that your employer understands the role of driving in your position. Together, you can make a plan to ensure that both you and the organisation are covered.

What does my employer need to do?

Your employer has a responsibility for your health, safety and well-being at work; and this includes when you are driving for work.

How do we manage this?

Ambit allows the person responsible to check that drivers have the appropriate insurance, to communicate the policy to to drivers and let them know their responsibilities, and also help drivers know what they need to check on their vehicle to stay safe and compliant.

The app is full of features to encourage vehicle safety checks to keep all vehicles and drivers compliant.

Still not sure how this affects you? Or are you ready to get started to make sure you’re not at risk? Let Ambit help you set up a policy, complete licence checks, perform vehicle safety checks, and more all for free with a 30 day trial.