Policy Area

Road Safety

An estimated one-third of all road accidents are believed to be work related, which would suggest that in Great Britain, 565 people were killed and 7,150 seriously injured in work related collisions in 2013.We believe that there are some clear actions that the Government could take to reduce the risks associated with business-related road transport.

Re-introduce government road safety targets

Since road safety targets were introduced in 1987, they have proven to be a success story in reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on UK roads each year and a useful yardstick for judging progress. Despite the abolition of these annual targets in 2010, there remains a strong consensus within the road safety community that targets can continue to play a key role in reducing deaths and serious injuries on the road.

Modernise the current MOT

While the MOT test is intended to ensure that a vehicle meets required road safety and environmental standards, this requires regular review and amendment. The current MOT does not test areas which will impact on accidents or road deaths.Testing should focus on areas which are likely to reduce road accidents and casualties, and should be modernised to incorporate new and emerging vehicle safety technology.

Develop the role of the DVSA

There is a role for government agencies to play in addressing road safety through vehicle maintenance. For example, while the DVLA currently sends a written reminder to drivers in the month of car tax becoming due, no reminder is sent regarding the upcoming renewal date of an MOT.

Re-design the HSE’s ‘Driving at Work’ Guide

The current HSE ‘Driving at Work’ publication is long and unwieldy. For purposes of accessibility, we propose that this is converted to a shorter, more direct version, and this is made more readily available in both print and online.

Report at-work vehicle crashes within RIDDOR

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 places a duty on all employers and people in charge of work premises (the “Responsible Person”) to report certain serious workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences (near misses) to the Health and Safety Executive. At present, injuries such as burns, fractures or head-related injuries must be reported.However, injuries caused to employees who are driving on work-related business but outside of work premises are not currently reportable under RIDDOR. While injuries sustained in car accidents must be reported to the police (who have primary responsibility for enforcing road traffic legislation), most injuries resulting from vehicle movement on public roads are not reportable to the HSE under RIDDOR. At present, at-work drivers are 40% more likely to be involved in a crash, and 75% of work related deaths occur on the roads. We believe that injuries sustained in work-related traffic accidents should be included as part of RIDDOR reports – both listed under types of reportable injuries (regulation 4), and dangerous occurrences (schedule 2).

Improve guidance on the use of private vehicles for work purposes

Given corporate responsibility for accidents and injuries to third parties involving employees’ driving on work-related business, we believe that employers should be reminded of their rights in minimising the risk of such accidents. For example, when employees choose to use their own vehicles (as opposed to a company vehicle, or one rented or leased from a third party) while driving on work-related business, employers have the right to inspect this vehicle to check that it can be safely used for the particular task. Employers also have the right to review MOT and insurance certificates for such private vehicles, if business mileage is to be undertaken.This should be issued in the form of guidance to employers, also highlighting legal rights and responsibilities concerning the use of private vehicles for business mileage.

Budgets for road safety campaigns should be restored and ring-fenced

Public advertising campaigns have been an important part of increasing road safety and reducing deaths and serious injuries. We believe that funding for these campaigns should be maintained and protected from future cuts.

Related Policy Updates

Related Consultation Responses

Response Title Response Document

Careless Driving

Careless Driving - Response to the Department for Transport on making careless driving a fixed penalty offence and increasing the penalties for other motoring offences
PDF icon Careless driving

Changes to the London Congestion Charge Scheme

London congestion charge scheme changes - proposals to increase the fine and change the greener vehicle discounts
PDF icon Proposed changes to the London congestion charge

Charging Heavy Goods Vehicles -

Charging Heavy Goods Vehicles - Response to the Department for Transport on proposals to introduce a lorry road user charge
PDF icon Charging heavy goods vehicles

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence

Response to the Department for Transport on the exemptions relating to the driver certificate of professional competence
PDF icon Driver CPC

DVSA Fleet Compliance Measure

Consultation to assist DVSA to develop and implement a fleet compliance outcome measure that will facilitate better understanding of its activities.
PDF icon dvsa_consultation_-_business_plan.pdf

Further improving lorry safety in London

BVRLA's response on the proposal from TfL to fit vision panels in passenger-side doors, wherever they can be fitted, as a mandatory standard for lorries operating in London.
PDF icon saferlorriestfl0316.pdf

Government proposals on tachographs and current driver CPC zone

PDF icon bvrla_submission_-_dft_tachograph_and_driver_cpc.pdf

Increase to the Penalty for Using a Hand Held Mobile Phone Whilst Driving

BVRLA comment on the increase in penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving
PDF icon mobilephonesbvrla_response_0316.pdf

Insurer's Remedies for Fraudulent Claims

Insurer's Remedies for Fraudulent Claims - Response to the Law Commission's consultation paper on Insurance Contract Law: Post Contract Duties and other Issues.
PDF icon Law Commission ICL Post Contract Duties Questionnaire Fraud Response


Response to the Health & Safety Executive expressing concerns that work-related road traffic accidents are not included in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences regulations.
PDF icon RIDDOR review

Road Traffic Accident Scheme

Road Traffic Accident Scheme - Response to the Ministry of Justice on their proposed changes to the portal which handles insurance claims following a road traffic accident
PDF icon Road traffic accident scheme

Road user charging scheme

Road user charging scheme - proposals to introduce regulation which will allow charging authorities to enforce road user charging schemes such as the Dartford Toll Crossing.
PDF icon Road user charging

The work of VOSA - transport committee

Response to the House of Commons Transport Committee on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency
PDF icon Work of VOSA - transport committee inquiry

Transforming the Highways Agency into a publicly owned company

BVRLA response to the consultation on transforming the Highways Agency into a publicly owned company
PDF icon highways_agency_bvrla_response_1213.pdf

Transport committee - parking response

Parking enforcement - response to the House of Commons Transport Committee's inquiry into parking enforcement.
PDF icon Parking

Transport Safety Commission BVRLA response 0414

BVRLA response into the inquiry by the Transport Safety Commission into TRAVEL SAFETY BY ROAD, RAIL AND AIR: WHO’S ACCOUNTABLE?
PDF icon transport_safety_commission_0414.pdf

Whiplash Claims BVRLA response

Second response to the Transport Committee on the rising costs of whiplash claims
PDF icon whiplash_claims_bvrla_response_1213.pdf

Whiplash Reform, BVRLA response 05014

comments on the latest proposals from Ministry of Justice to fix the costs of medical reports for whiplash claims
PDF icon whiplash_reform_bvrla_response_0514.pdf

Written Evidence Local Transport Networks

BVRLA response to the House of Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into the function of local transport network
PDF icon local_road_network_bvrla_response_1013.pdf