Ensure that your drivers continue to meet the medical standards for driving with driver screening from D4Drivers
Whilst most employers are aware of the need to check vehicles regularly for defects and to have them serviced often, very few are checking that the person driving the vehicle remains healthy.
Police road accident data shows that every year over 500 people are killed (almost one third of all road deaths), 5,000 seriously injured and almost 40,000 slightly injured in collisions involving drivers or riders who are driving for work.
D4Drivers offer an exclusive driver screening programme to our business customers in the haulage, logistics and passenger transport sectors. Our screenings help to ensure your drivers remain fit to drive to DVLA group 2 standard during a licensing period which can be up to 27 years. Driver screening is suitable for drivers of:
• Manage employees with ongoing health conditions
• Spot health conditions early
• Demonstrate corporate responsibility & good practice
• Use as evidence towards DVSA Earned Recognition and FORS schemes
• Defend your business in the event of litigation
Did you know that a professional driver who obtains their HGV licence at 18 can go over quarter of a century without a medical (27)? That’s because the first renewal is not required until the driver turns 45. Even when drivers reach their 50s and 60s, they are still only required to have a medical every five years at a time when they are much more likely to experience changes in their health.
Many transport businesses recognise that the mandatory framework for driver medicals leaves them exposed to unnecessary risk of a health-related incident whilst their drivers are at the wheel. As a result, they are seeking to screen their drivers more frequently.
Our driver screening assessment is based on the tried and tested DVLA D4 medical required by HGV drivers and uses the Group 2 guidelines to determine whether a driver meets the professional standard for driving.
By screening your drivers regularly you will be able to identify health conditions earlier and take action to support your driving staff to remain fit and healthy in work.
Using the well established DVLA Group 2 guidelines which apply to all professional lorry and bus drivers, our screening takes these standards one step further by allowing you to conduct assessments every 1, 2 or 3 years depending on your company policy. From a medical point of view an annual medical is recommended.
We provide you with a fitness certificate for each driver who passes their medical so that a record of their assessment can be held on file and used as evidence of them receiving regular health checks from their employer.
Whilst professional HGV & Bus drivers are required to have a medical, if only relatively infrequently, there are many car and van drivers on the roads today who have not had a medical to determine if they pose a risk to road safety. They will quite possibly never have one.
Company car and van drivers can easily do upwards of 10,000 miles per year whilst working on company time, and if they were to have a health related incident whilst at the wheel, they are just as capable of killing themselves and others as a lorry driver.
However as an employer, you are responsible under health and safety legislation for ensuring that employees are capable both in terms of skills and from a health perspective, of carrying out their duties.
If you expect your drivers to drive a car or van as part of their work, it is a sensible precaution to request that they undergo a medical before you give them access to your vehicles.
Our driver screening assessment is based on the tried and tested DVLA D4 medical required by professional drivers and uses the Group 2 guidelines to determine whether a driver meets the professional standard for driving.
Many employers rely on self-completed health declarations, however relying on drivers to tell you of any conditions which are likely to impact their employment is evidently not a robust method for assessing fitness, and is wide open to abuse. It is also unlikely to be a defensible approach in the event that someone is killed as a result of one of your employees collapsing at the wheel.
Drivers themselves are responsible for ensuring that they report any condition that affects their ability to drive safely to DVLA. However, experience tells us that drivers often underestimate or misunderstand the impact of changes to their health or medications, and this can have serious consequences. An assessment by a medical professional is the only effective way to ensure that a driver is medically safe to drive.
This means that any drivers aged under 45 haven’t had a medical since they got their license, which could be decades ago. This also means that drivers aged between 45 and 65 are only having one every 5 years, during which time their health is likely to change significantly. If you’re checking your vehicle every day for defects, why are you not checking on the driver more regularly?
Many businesses realise that they need to do more to ensure the safety of their driving workforce, and are now putting a framework in place to screen their drivers regularly to ensure that do not pose a danger to other road users or themselves, and to ensure they are meeting their obligations as an employer.
By evidencing that your driving staff have been required to undergo a regular health check, your business demonstrates compliance with health and safety regulations and is better equipped to defend itself if the worst happens and your driver is involved in a collision.
Our comprehensive screening assessment includes:
• Blood pressure
• Eyesight test
• Diabetes (Urine test)
• Detailed medical history questionnaire
• Review of medications
• Mental health
We provide you with a fitness certificate for each driver who passes their medical so that a record of their assessment can be held on file and used as evidence of them receiving regular health checks from their employer. Certificates will confirm that your drivers meet group 2 standard.
As a gold associate member of the Road Haulage Association, D4Drivers is proud to be working in partnership with RHA to deliver ‘RHA Medical’, a new health provision for RHA members consisting of driver medicals, health checks and occupational health services.
We are Logistics UK (formerly FTA) members and recognise the vital role they play in the logistics sector.
D4Drivers works with the Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators to improve the health and wellbeing of drivers in the recovery industry.
A member of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, D4Drivers has an active role as a supplier to the bus and coach industry.
Booking system is very easy to use, couldn’t recommend more. [The] team have been nothing but helpful with any request we have had.D. Murphy, GTG Training
D4 are a professional company that go out of their way to ensure their clients have the very best options available to suit their needs and make the whole process a seamless one.R. Barton, Stagecoach
The booking system is very easy and the referral codes are a much easier solution to keeping track of bookings and spend. Tom has been a great help and was able to offer different solutions to help improve our service. I would recommend this service to anybody.A. Passmore, Falck
We are now able to consult with customers and offer several dates, often at very short notice, for them to choose a convenient time and location for their driver medicalO. Dunstall, Heads of the Valley Training
D4Drivers will continue to provide our vital driver medical service to our customers during the current restrictions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and our opening times are unaffected.
As we fall under the Government's list of key workers and help keep HGV and PCV drivers, as well as taxi drivers and paramedics on the road we will remain fully open throughout the restrictions as they start to ease in May 2021. You are still able to attend medical appointments during these restrictions, as confirmed by gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#healthcare-and-public-services.
All of our clinics are going ahead with additional safety precautions in place. You can feel safe in the knowledge that when you attend your appointment with D4Drivers extra precautions have been taken to ensure you are in a COVID safe environment, including regular cleaning of all surfaces and equipment and strict PPE and social distancing measures.