Definitions and facts

Find out exactly what driving for work is and the types of jobs that may include driving for work.

Driving for work

Driving for work includes any person who drives on a road as part of their employment (not including driving to and from their work) in either:

  • a company vehicle
  • their own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement from their employer

Why you should be concerned

The rate of road collisions is higher amoungst those who drive for work. An RSA/HSA 2007 report found the number of work-related deaths from road collisions was double that from other causes. Studies also show that people who drive company cars have 30% to 40% more collisions than other drivers and this risk increases with mileage driven.

A 2008 HSA survey showed that many employers aren't sure what their responsibilities are when it comes to managing driving for work.

Types of driving jobs

The types of jobs that may involve driving for work are varied. Some employees may only drive for work occasionally. For other employees, driving covers the main part of their job—these employees may include:

  • drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) and light goods vehicles (LGV)
  • bus, coach, and taxi drivers
  • utility company employees and service engineers
  • sales and marketing staff
  • emergency service workers
  • social and health workers
  • local authority staff
  • couriers and delivery staff
  • law enforcement workers
  • automechanics

Guide for Employers

In order to assist employers, the Health and Safety Authority and the Road Safety Authority have collaborated in producing a CD-Rom entitled Driving for Work: A Guide for Employers