Businesses 'must take steps' to cut crashes

Employers are being called on to set stricter driving regulations for workers under 25 in a bid to cut down on crashes.

Road crashes are the pre-eminent cause of death and injury in the 15-24 age bracket in Britain, with almost a quarter (23%) of 18-24 year olds having crashed within six months of passing their test.

Fleet software and risk management specialist Jaama says firms should set a lower age limit below which employees are not allowed to drive a company car or use their own vehicles on business trips.

They are also calling for a minimum time period between an employee passing their driving test and using a car on company business, as well as more frequent checks of young drivers' licences.

Jaama has suggested that young employees should be limited to using less powerful cars on business journeys, and even then only after a test drive with their company's fleet manager.

Martin Evans, Jaama's sales and operations director, says employers have a crucial part to play in reducing the number of young drivers involved in serious or even fatal crashes on Britain's roads.

He said: "Employers can try and limit those risks by, for example, not allowing young and newly qualified drivers to take to the wheel of vehicles above a prescribed brake horsepower and also ensuring they are familiar with the vehicle."

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