Businesses and the government should do more to ensure that health and safety is as much of a consideration on the road as it is off it.
A new report from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said that as much attention should be given to work-related road safety as to more general workplace health and safety.
Among a number of recommendations contained within the report was a call for data on work-related driving risks to be improved. Businesses were also advised to more closely manage the risks their staff face when heading out on the roads for work-related activities.
The claims came after it emerged that 30 per cent of fatalities on the road and 22 per cent of serious injuries involve people who are working at the time.
Despite these results, it's unlikely the government will make accidents part of RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013), after having made clear recently that it had no desire to do so. Much of this, it was argued, would only end up counting many incidents twice, if they came into other categories already covered by RIDDOR.
Commenting, head of road safety at RoSPA, Kevin Clinton, told fleetnews.co.uk: "Injuries and deaths sustained from work-related driving remain a priority action point for both road and occupational safety.
"Up to one third of road accidents involve someone who is using the road for work purposes. This review further emphasises the need for the awareness of MORR (managing occupational road risk) to be raised and given the priority it deserves."