The principle part of the business. Dedicated to Work-related Driving. Anyone whose job responsibilities include driving from one place to another is legally deemed to be involved in Work-related Driving. This includes the self-employed such as plumbers, hairdressers, etc. It also includes service providers driving between clients and customers such as home carers, estate agents, etc. The 2014 HSE Driving at work publication specifically cites Work-related Driving as an area that requires compliance under the 1999 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations for everyone involved regardless of size of organisation. As with all Health and Safety issues the first stage is a risk assessment. The employer/self-employed can then determine if the risk is insufficient to warrant the expense of reducing it.
The risk assessment is not a driving test. It is primarily how the driver manages the risks on the road and therefore looks at how they respond to risk. The HSE also specify that the person doing the assessment must be competent to do it. That means being able to demonstrate their competency in a court of law if necessary. So you don’t have a choice as to whether you and your drivers have a risk assessment. Your only choice is whether you engage one of the big companies to provide the risk assessment or whether you engage me. As currently I am the only independent Government Qualified Assessor in North Somerset. The DriveSmart Page gives you more information and references to the H&S and Government sources.
I am the highest qualified Driving Instructor in North Somerset, no other instructor holds the qualifications that I do. DVSA ADI Car, DVSA Fleet, IMI National Advanced Driver Coach, IMI Advanced Coach Trainer and Assessor, City & Guilds Teachers Certificate. Established for 10 years most of the time I now specialise in short driving courses for learners. Through experience I have found that most people can’t take the full day, day after day format of the intensive (sometimes called crash) courses.
Hence the format I now use is half day sessions, five each week. For those with little or no experience that’s over two weeks. For those with at least 15 hours of driving lessons or who think they are close to test standard it is over a single week. With my other commitments I only have a few spaces for learners who want weekly lessons. So there is usually a high demand and often a waiting list for weekly lessons. The Driving School Page gives you more information if you are looking for high quality driving tuition.
For those identified through the Health and Safety Risk assessments, drivers looking to develop their confidence or driving knowledge I run both individual and group classroom courses and/or practical sessions. These can cover a wide range of subjects such as motorways, night driving and systems of driving. They will depend on the individuals identified need. This is different from most of the larger providers. They often get employees to attend courses for training before assessing whether they need it or not. I am also registered by DVSA to provide Pass Plus courses to new drivers. Guidance to those wanting to become advanced drivers through the local Weston & Mendip Advanced Motorists Group is free.