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Driver distraction advice offered to employers

Wednesday 12th January 2011

A report published by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) offers employers advice on how to minimise distractions as vehicles become increasingly like ‘moving offices’.

The report, ‘Minimising In-Vehicle Distraction’, reveals that when employees are driving they are likely to receive or make phone calls, check text messages and even check emails. Driver distraction is thought to play a role in 20-30% of all road collisions.

This report provides employers an insight in how to minimise in-vehicle distractions, focusing on nomadic devices such as mobile phones.

It aims to provide a source of information and recommendations to employers based on a recently completed longer study on the regulatory situation in the European Member States.

Although the report focuses on the risks associated with nomadic devices, employers should also identify other risks to avoid, such as eating and drinking; changing radio or climate controls; personal grooming and checking maps.

Click here to view the ETSC report.


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Great advice but almost ineffectual unless the police are policing the roads and enforcing the law. Have I done it? Yes, albeit nearly 30 years ago. I caught a woman looking in the mirror and applying mascara, a man using an electric shaver and using the driving mirror as a bathroom mirror and the driver of a pick-up truck thumbing through a mail order catalogue as he drove at 40 mph along a dual carriageway. All reported for driving without due care and attention. All found guilty. All it takes is to have police motorcyclists hunting in pairs like the old days.
Roy Buchanan, Sutton

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