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Revealed: Six legal obligations you have if you employ company drivers

by , 17 September 2013
The National Road Traffic Act requires you to ensure your company drivers adhere to certain obligations. Do you know what these duties are? Read on to find out to comply with the Act.

You know that you have a duty to ensure your employees are safe in their work environments.

But did you know that you also have legal duty to ensure your employees adhere to their own obligations as well?

Here are your legal obligations if you employ company drivers

According to the Health&Safety Advisor, it's your responsibility to ensure your employee adheres to these obligations:

  1. You must ensure that your drivers hold an appropriate professional driving permit
  2. You must ensure that all the vehicles are registered and licensed
  3. You must ensure that your vehicles are roadworthy
  4. You must ensure your drivers adhere to the road rules and regulations
  5. You must ensure your employers are sufficiently trained and competent
  6. You must ensure your drivers adhere to regulations regarding loading and unloading of goods vehicles

Failure to comply with these requirements may lead to:

  • Fines
  • Possible imprisonment
  • The loss of your operator status, loss of business or closure of your 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)

Keep in mind that every two years your driver must go for a medical examination by a medical doctor or registered nurse, to certify that he's still fit to drive.

In addition, it's your employee's responsibility to notify you of any new medical conditions, as well as existing medical conditions which have worsened. This will have a direct impact on his ability to perform his duty in a safe way. So make sure he does this.

Ensuring that your employees company with the National Road Traffic Act will help ensure you comply with the law.

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