September 30 2016
Van drivers almost twice as likely as other drivers to use mobile phones at the wheel
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is urging employers to carry out appropriate risk assessments on van drivers. Van traffic is on the rise and in a press release entitled ‘Surge in van traffic ticking accident time bomb’ IAM expresses concern that with no additional test or qualification required to drive one, there could be a rise in road traffic collisions.
According to the government’s Road Use Statistics Great Britain 2016, van traffic is at an all-time high – an increase that is thought to be closely related to the 10 per cent year-on-year growth of online and home shopping.
In contrast, the level of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) traffic has fallen and research suggests that the two may be linked. IAM cites factors such as the lower wages of van drivers, the rise in home deliveries and the fact that both the fleet management and drivers of vans are less regulated than HGVs.
IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, Neil Greig, explained: “There is no additional test or qualification required to drive a van, over the basic car licence. This compares directly to drivers of HGVs, who must undertake a test in the vehicle they drive and continued professional development through the driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).”