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It is, surely, the call every fleet manager dreads… but when one of your drivers rings to tell you they’ve been involved in a cyclist fatality, it’s important you have a plan of action in place to minimise your legal exposure.
The standard undertakings listed on the GV79 form include observing drivers’ hours rules, tachograph laws and vehicle speed limits; that vehicles are kept in a fit and serviceable condition, are not overloaded and that any defects are reported promptly.
With hauliers finding it increasingly difficult to attract younger drivers, the issue of age discrimination is likely to gain greater prominence in the years ahead as the industry grapples with the challenges of an ageing workforce.