Profiling Driver Risk

16 September 2016 - By Eugene Herbert

What’s involved in driver risk profiling?


Because of the complexity of dealing with the “how” of identifying, in
dealing with drivers’ behaviour, it is inevitable that, from a logistical
perspective it is something that only companies become involved in – it is in
this context we examine the subject.


In order to cover the main risks associated with driving at work, a
company should undertake, as a minimum, health surveillance questionnaires of
drivers, eyesight assessments, analysis of any crashes or incidents drivers are
involved with, and tracking of driving license endorsements and  (in the
future  ) any demerit  points. This would be considered the minimum
to determine a driver’s overall risk in so far as it impacts on the company.


A more specific and detailed risk assessment can also be carried out,
evaluating the risks associated with driving and reviewing the driver’s history
and health in more depth. The risk assessment should include information about
the driver such as their age, number of years driving experience, average
business kms  per year and any driving violations; the type of vehicle
they drive , insurance cover as well as  the typical times of day that
they are on the road; and their medical history, including medication, health
conditions, eyesight tests and any instances of being advised not to drive.


The gold standard of driver risk assessment would be all of the previous
plus the use of psychometric profiling, which explores the driver’s psychology,
attitude to risk and the level of risk they pose when driving.


Does your business need driver risk profiling?


It’s good practice to be as detailed as possible when assessing risk,
but full psychometric profiling may not be feasible or necessary for all
businesses.

Documenting and reviewing driver risk checks to determine if further assessment
or training is needed will be sufficient for most businesses and if conducted
fully, can constitute a basic driver risk profile.


Where does the responsibility lie?


Employers have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to manage
risks and to do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm
when driving, in the same way as they would in the workplace. It’s important to
note that this should  apply to agency( contracted )  drivers too.
 In the event of driving infringements ( Think AARTO ), organisations can
face  serious threats to their business.


For further information on driver risk profiling (DriverMetrics) please
mail us to determine the cost of the investment - simple online assessments
could save Millions in the long run, and ensure compliance with relevant safety
standards.


Till next time - Drive Safe and make sure the drivers you employ are
safe too.


Eugene Herbert


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