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Managers Warned of Corporate Manslaughter Risk

Academic journal article Manager

Managers Warned of Corporate Manslaughter Risk

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Vehicle fleet consultant Simon Harris is concerned that managers are taking "huge risks" in allowing staff to go unchecked when driving their own cars on company business. Simon, of FleetConsult UK, says, " Many are not insured for business use, their cars are not roadworthy and are being run illegally".

A survey of the "grey fleet" -privately owned cars used on company business - found that two out of three vehicles were not safe to be on the road and one third was not properly insured.

"Corporate Manslaughter is a very real threat for many employers if their employee is involved in a fatal crash while driving for work. Managers must wake up to the risks they are running as the new law comes into force this April and companies must start planning now," said Mr Harris. "Under Common Law, directors and senior managers can be held personally liable."

Employers must have "robust" procedures in place to check the safety of vehicles used on their behalf and whether driving licences, tax discs and insurance are up to date and correct. They must also replace outdated and "cumbersome" methods of calculating business mileage manually which expose companies to a high amount of risk and do not stand up to the scrutiny of the tax officer.

"One answer to the duty of care laws is Tripometer - a simple "employee friendly" procedure which records via mobile phone all the essential information that an employer needs to comply with legislation.

"Tripometer is what the grey fleet sector needs to reduce management risk and improve health and safety for drivers at work. It is a tried and trusted method and one that is supported by drivers who use their car for work," said Mr Harris.

Stephen Saunders, Managing Director of Anvil Consultants Limited, of Newport, Shropshire, said he would recommend it to all enterprises with employees using their own cars on official business. …

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