This is because a HGV or bus driver who gains their entitlement at the age of 18, won’t have to complete another medical until they reach the age of 45. That’s 27 years of not having their health checked! And even in their 40s, 50s and early 60s when a person’s health naturally deteriorates, the DVLA only requires professional drivers to then have a medical every 5 years. This is despite HGV drivers being shown to suffer from much higher rates of heart disease, sleep apnoea and mental illness than workers in many other industries. Drivers must check their vehicle every day for defects and issues, yet their health is not monitored.
We can help maintain a healthy and happy workforce…by introducing Driver Screening
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Act 1999 and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 mean that employers have a legal duty to ensure that employees who are expected to drive as part of their work are safe to do so and being medically fit is an important element of that.
If your business employs staff whose role involves driving, then you should consider implementing a driver screening programme.
At D4Drivers, we believe that the health and wellbeing of the driver is just as important as the condition of the vehicle, and that drivers should be assessed more regularly to ensure the safety of all road users. That’s why we provide a driver screening service which enables businesses to do just that. We have launched not one, but two services for Driver Screening to cater for ALL professional drivers. You can now screen your drivers to a group 1 or group 2 standard for the same price.
Driver Screening: This assessment is made against a Group 1 standard, perfect for drivers of company cars and vans.
Advanced Driver Screening: This is the same medical exam as above, but for the advanced assessment we measure the driver against the more stringent Group 2 standards, recognising that companies with employees driving hazardous chemicals, fuel and HGV’s might want a more in-depth assessment.
The Driver Screening assessment is broken down as below, with options to add any further tests and checks if required:
Optional driver screening add-ons:
Now, more than ever, we are starting to see a shift and focus to driver health because of the benefits it brings to both the drivers and the business. You can enquire about our new service here: https://d4drivers.uk/business/driver-screening/