This is not a legal requirement, however they are a fundamental part of ensuring drivers of company vehicles are competent and appropriately skilled to use the company equipment, whilst adding to a good company image and significantly reducing maintenance & repair costs.
The driver license categorisation should not be the only factor in deciding who drives a company vehicle. Good knowledge of the equipment and good understanding of ever-changing transport regulations, go even further to ensuring that the company can trust the driver to drive as a face of the company.
Initial driving assessment – this is a great way for the company to ensure the driver is of a standard that it expects to be proficient and experienced enough to recruit, either as full time, agency or owner driver. This can be part of an induction process containing the company rules and requirements, such as yard speed, incident reporting processes to name but a few.
The periodic assessment – this is vital to ensuring the existing pool of drivers maintain the company standards that are set out consistently. This assessment is ideal for legislation, vehicle/product changes, long absence returns, higher risk drivers and absolutely essential following vehicle incidents.
First line managers can benefit massively from taking part in this training so that they are familiarised with legislative changes whilst also further understanding their driver’s role from the driver’s perspective.