Managing high-risk drivers

Managing high-risk drivers

On Wednesday 8 April 2015, truck driver Barry Meyer admitted causing death by careless driving after jumping a red light and killing Alan Neve, 51 at Holborn in 2013. Mr Meyer is due back in court on 14 May where a jail sentence is likely to be issued.

It has emerged that Mr Meyer had two previous convictions and disqualifications for drink-driving as well as convictions for assault, criminal damage and drug possession.

Additionally, Mr Meyer was unlicensed and uninsured at the time of Mr Neve’s death and had used false documents to regain employment. Road safety campaigners praised the judge for letting Mr Meyer’s previous convictions be heard. Cynthia Barlow of RoadPeace, told the Standard: “Repeat offenders should not be allowed to drive HGVs for a living.”

Prosecutor Allison Hunter, said his previous convictions showed a “cavalier lack of respect for driving law and regulations”. Judge Worsley said Meyer had a “shocking driving history” and would inevitably be jailed on return to court on May 14.

Lawful operators go out of their way to avoid employing such high risk drivers and there are a number of tools that can help you to identify high risk drivers:

  • DVLA Driver Check Service – the service can be accessed directly by phoning 09061 393 837
  • Third party driver licence checking services such as the FORS driver licence checking service
  • Driver interview – the driver interview process should look at the driver’s history and licence record. It should be made clear during this process what the organisation’s policy on reporting endorsements and disqualifications is
  • Reference checks – robust reference checks should be made during the employment and interview process. It is not enough to just request reference details, they must be checked and questioned if suspicious
  • Contractual agreements – ensuring contracts are tightly worded to ensure drivers must report any convictions, endorsements or disqualifications
  • Safe Urban Driving – ensuring all drivers undertake the Safe Urban Driving CPC course will help ensure high driving standards are maintained and adhered to as well as raising driver awareness of vulnerable road users
  • FORS E-learning – access to the online training modules via FORS online will help ensure continued development of your drivers
  • CLOCS guide – managing driver training and licensing – this publication supports the CLOCS Standard for construction logistics which is also aligned to FORS silver. It offers supplementary guidance and best practice on managing your driver training and monitoring and checking driver licences