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Do you have company drivers? Make sure they fulfill your company's six legal obligations

by , 01 April 2014
If you employ company drivers, the buck stops with you when it comes to safety. It's your responsibility to ensure your employees adhere to their health and safety obligations. Don't know what these are? Keep reading to find out or you could lose your business...

You have to ensure your company drivers stick to chapters 5, 6 and 8 of the National Road Traffic Act

You must:
 

  • Ensure that your driver holds an appropriate professional driving permit
  • Ensure that all the vehicles are registered and licensed
  • Ensure that your vehicles are roadworthy
  • Ensure your employers/drivers adhere to the road rules and regulations
  • Ensure your employers are sufficiently trained and competent
  • Ensure he adheres to regulations regarding loading and unloading of goods vehicles

What are the penalties if you fail to comply with these requirements?

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Failure to ensure company drivers comply with these requirements may lead to:

  • Fines
  • Possible imprisonment
  • The loss of your operator status, loss of business or closure of the business (if your business happens to be transportation)
  • The loss of employment for your employee, (either if your employee isn't permitted to drive or is imprisoned after a conviction of a serious offence)

Remember: The Health & Safety Advisor says vehicle owners must register with the licensing authorities as operators and provide visible proof of this in the form of an operator's card (disc) visible on the windscreen. The National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) contains all the details on all registered operators and monitors the performance of both driver and operators.

While it's your employee's responsibility to ensure his driver's license doesn't expire (unless specifically stated in your policy that the company would carry the costs), you have a bigger responsibility as an employer to ensure your employee adheres to all the obligations we've outlined.

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