Compiling a Driver Safety Policy: Tips

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There are many things to take into account when compiling a driver safety policy (DSP).

However, there are two things that are of paramount importance. The first is that it is your policy, don’t just grab a policy thinking they are all the same. The second most important things is that a policy is about as useful as mud flaps on a tortoise if none of your drivers know anything about it. Once complete it should be issued to all those that drive on company business.

A short policy questionnaire as part of the yearly driver assessment process, is always recommended. When initially thinking about your DSP, there are three main subject areas to cover: the driver, the vehicle and the journey. You could add a fourth to this, the activity, as it is important to think about what the driver’s activity is as part of the driver’s DSP.

Policy Statement and Incident Reporting

A DSP should start with a company statement along the lines of “Your company name” recognises the need to comply with current legislation and has taken all reasonable steps to ensure conformance. All staff and others working for “Your company name” should ensure policies and procedures contained within this document and other relevant information is followed. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action.

This statement should be followed by information including a flowchart detailing the reporting lines for all staff to report any incident (from the bottom to the top of the business).

For further information on Driver Safety Policies, please get in touch on 0115 971 3343 or email This is one of a number of services Pedigree Automotive Solutions provides as part of its Driver Safety Packages.

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