At-work drivers and their management

On this page you will find research relating to the safe management of at-work drivers, as well as research on fleet fuel efficiency and environmental impact.

The effects of caffeine use on driving safety among truck drivers who are habitual caffeine users
University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, 08/07/2015

Truck drivers who regularly drink caffeinated drinks should continue to do so, as otherwise they will face an increased risk of a crash.

Bitter kola and kola nut consumption among long-distance commercial drivers and effects on driving in southwestern Nigeria
Equitable Health Access Initiative, Akure, Nigeria, 2015

30% of long-distance commercial drivers in Akure, Nigeria, use the stimulant kola nut.

New insight into van driver crashes
Road Safety Analysis, 30/06/2014

Van drivers in Britain are more likely than other drivers to crash due to tiredness, reversing or tailgating, which could be tackled with better driver education and training from employers.

Strategic review of the management of occupational road risk
Transport Research Laboratory, 13/05/2014

Reporting work-related road injuries to the UK's Health and Safety Executive, and recording journey purpose in official crash data, would help tackle the causes of at-work road crashes.

Configuring retroreflective markings to enhance the night-time conspicuity of road workers
Queensland University of Technology, 09/05/2014

Wearing reflective strips on moveable joints (e.g. knees, shoulders and elbows) triples the visibility of night-time road workers, compared with standard high-vis clothing.

Brake calls for zero-tolerance on at-work drink- and drug-drivers
Brake and Licence Bureau, 06/05/2014

Four in 10 (44%) employers with staff who drive for work would dismiss an employee for driving over the legal alcohol limit.

Work schedules blamed by 37% of speeding drivers
Mix Telematics, 23/01/2014

63% of people who drive for work in Britain, France, Germany and Spain admit breaking speed limits, 37% due to pressure to meet schedules.

The role of sleepiness, sleep disorders, and the work environment on heavy-vehicle crashes
Queensland University of Technology, 24/12/2013

Scheduling Australian truck drivers to avoid driving between midnight and 6am and encouraging more frequent breaks would reduce the risk of truck crashes by two to three times.

Long-distance truck drivers should be paid for all work hours including time spent waiting
University of New South Wales, 16/09/2013

Requiring long-distance truck drivers to be paid for all hours of work including time spent waiting to load or unload would result in fewer driving hours and reduce fatigue.

Road risk should be incorporated into health and safety for construction companies
Transport Research Laboratory, 16/01/2013

Road risk should be incorporated into health and safety regulations for construction companies to reduce construction vehicles’ collisions with cyclists.

Road crashes most common cause of work-related fatalities, injuries and absences from work
CARRS-Q, 06/09/2012

Fact sheet published by CARRS-Q cites various research demonstrating the human and financial costs of not adequately managing occupational road risk.

Analysis: fuel consumption vs. arrival time
DriveGain, 24/08/2012

Reducing maximum speed to 60mph reduces fuel consumption by 10%, but only adds two minutes to journey time, finds this fuel analysis iphone app provider.

Telematics used to measure mileages by two thirds of large companies
ALD Automotive, 19/07/2012

Two thirds of large UK companies use telematics to monitor fleet mileage and running costs.

Work-related drivers, review of the evidence on road safety initiatives for people at work
University of Plymouth, 01/06/2012

Work related drivers are over represented in road crashes.

Estimated time of arrival
Highway Loss Data Institute, 26/03/2012

It takes three decades for new vehicle safety features to spread through vehicle fleets.

Lack of properly evaluated fleet safety measures
TRL, commissioned by IOSH, 30/11/2011

There is a lack of current academic research into effectiveness of fleet risk management measures.

Police road traffic incidents: A study of cases involving serious and fatal injuries
Independent Police Complaints Commission, 21/09/2011

Half English police drivers involved in on-road pursuits ending in death or serious injury have not received advanced driver training, in breach of Association of Chief Police Officers guidelines.

Car fleet renewal schemes: Environmental and safety impacts
International Transport Forum, 20/07/2011

Comparison of company car retirement schemes in the US, Germany and France showed that the German scheme resulted in the greatest reduction in serious injuries.

Advisory Intelligent Speed Adaption for government fleets
The University of Adelaide, 10/07/2011

Advisory ISA for all Australian Government fleet vehicles would reduce its injury crashes by 20% and save $31.6 million annually.

Developing effective professional bus driver health programs
Kainan University, 28/05/2011

Fleet driver self-reported health is affected by daily working hours and perceived company safety culture.

The impact of driving, non-driving work, and rest breaks on driving performance
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 27/05/2011

Road risk is heightened when employees spend several hours in non-driving work related tasks before undertaking a long driving task.

Fatigue-proofing: A new approach to reducing fatigue-related risk
University of South Australia, 23/05/2011

Fatigue interventions are an important fleet management strategy in industries with higher risks such as night-time drivers.

Use of a video monitoring approach to reduce at-risk driving behaviors
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 21/03/2011

Video and acceleration monitoring of fleet drivers alongside managerial feedback can reduce risk-taking by half.

Factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea among commercial motor vehicle drivers
Meharry Medical College, 11/02/2011

Medical examinations of commercial vehicle drivers which look at obesity, hypertension and diabetes may be more effective in diagnosing obstructive sleep apnoea than studying its symptoms.

Safety in occupational driving: development of a driver behaviour scale
Queensland University of Technology, 15/12/2010

A scale to measure the safety of occupational driver behaviour has been developed by Queensland University of Technology.

EsafetyChallenge 2010 – Fleet Manager Survey
Esafety Aware, 16/08/2010

Less than a third of fleet managers look for a Euro NCAP rating when purchasing cars and vans.

Worldwide Occupational Road Safety (WORS) review project
QUT, 13/07/2010

Agencies should capture more data in order to address the root causes of at-work road crashes.

Commercial vehicle safety priorities - ranking of future priorities in the UK
TRL, 13/07/2010

Improved vehicle design and road infrastructure could reduce commercial vehicle crashes in the UK.

Measures to improve the health of drivers
"PRAISE": Fitness to drive, 20/05/2010

Measures to improve the health of fleet drivers, such as drug testing, combating tiredness, and encouraging healthy eating and exercise, reduce crashes.

Safety-focused fleet leaders call for post-test driving for work qualification
Driving for Better Business campaign, UK, 19/01/2010

90% of fleet leaders surveyed want a post-test ‘driving for work’ qualification for young drivers in the UK.

Drink driving in commercial transport
The European Transport Safety Council, 19/01/2010

Companies should install alcolocks in commercial vehicles.

Driver well-being survey report
Rigby Dolphin Group for Driver Focus, Ireland, 18/02/2008

60% of Irish companies do not recognise driving for work as a risk and 16% said they did not even check drivers had a valid licence.

Improving reversing (backing) safety of fleet vehicles
Interactive Driving Systems, 01/02/2008

Reversing causes between a quarter and a third of freight transport crashes often injuring and killing the most vulnerable road users. The report provides practical steps to reduce the risks.

At work road crashes high
Brake, 20/12/2007

26% (at least) of road deaths in Britain involve a person driving for work, according to government statistics revealed by Brake.

An in-depth study of work-related crashes
University of Nottingham, 01/01/2005

Although work-related crashes show the same characteristics as a general sample of all crashes, some work-related drivers appear to be more to blame in their crashes.

Company vehicle incident reporting and recording
University of Huddersfield for the Department for Transport, UK, 01/05/2002

This report discusses the big variety in crash recording and reporting systems by fleets and makes best practice recommendations for a company vehicle crash recording system.


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