At least one out of three drivers is driving for work in Nigeria, whether it is a company car driver, a professional driver or a commercial vehicle and someone driving their own vehicle for personal business. In all these, the employer has an obligation to do what they can to ensure that the driver and vehicle are safe.
However, some companies are keen on comprehensive insurance and also practice regular driver training programmes, many more are failing in their duty of care resulting in horrendous consequences.
The true cost of accident to organizations and country are usually higher than just the cost of repair and insurance claims. The consequences of an accident on the self-employed and small businesses are likely to be greater than larger business with greater resources. The benefit of our campaign to you and your business of managing work related road safety can be considerable, no matter the size of your business.
- It allows for better control over cost, such as wear and tear and fuel, insurance premiums and legal fees and claims from third party.
- Fewer days lost due to injury
- Fewer vehicles off the road for repairs
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Organizations with employees who drive for work can help make our roads safer by putting a comprehensive insurance policy and procedures to manage and mitigate their staffs’ risks, both to themselves and other road users.
This include policies to prevent dangerous driving like; No drink-driving, No use of mobile phones, regular driver training and retraining and regular rest breaks for long distance driving.
Employers should use the safest possible vehicles, well maintained and fitted with the latest safety features, such as telematics to monitor speed, rigorous enforcement of articulated trucks and bus safety rules.