Firms could be liable for driver calls on the move

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employerscould face prosecution under new Government proposals if police catch theirstaff using phones while driving.Companiesthat “cause or permit” staff to use mobile phones without hands-freesets while driving will be charged if the legislation is introduced.Staffcould escape the £30 fixed penalty or court-imposed fine of up to £1,000, ifthey can prove their employer expected them to take or make calls at the wheel.DavidJamieson, road safety minister, claims that employees fielding work-based callswhile driving are the worst offenders.”Itis quite common, especially for delivery drivers and others who are very oftenon the roads. The Government is saying that it is outrageous.”TheCIPD urged HR professionals to protect employers by banning all phone callswhile driving. Diane Sinclair, lead adviser on public policy at the CIPD, said:”Employers need to make it clear to staff, particularly to those that do alot of driving as part of their work, that they should not make or receivecalls using a hand-held phone while driving. Employees must pull over andswitch off the engine if they want to use a mobile.”Sinclairalso wants employers to offer extra training and a risk assessment to staff whospend a great deal of time on the road as part of their job. “Employershave a duty under Health and Safety legislation to ensure that staff face aslittle risk as possible in their everyday work,” she said.TheCBI is opposed the Government’s plans and believes they have serious implicationsfor employers.ByPaul Nelson Firms could be liable for driver calls on the moveOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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