Majority of fleets don’t test drivers for drink and drugs

Following an annual survey of 134 organisations, a Fleet Safety Forum report published by Brake shows that nearly 57% of fleet companies still do not test drivers for alcohol, and an even more (63%) do not test for illegal drugs.

The report came out just a few days after the Department for Transport (DfT) posted provisional figures for crashes involving drink driving during 2011. These figures confirm that 1,901 people were killed in road accidents in 2011, an increase of 3% on 2010 figures, demonstrating that drink and drug driving poses a huge threat on the road.

The report also benchmarks companies’ approach to other causes of driver impairment such as driver tiredness, health and eyesight, with four in ten companies not offering eyesight testing for drivers.

The survey report features expert advice on tackling driver impairment and case studies of companies who have successfully put procedures in place to mitigate the associated risks.

Roslyn Cumming, Development Manager at Brake, said:

“The DfT’s latest figures confirm what we already know about the devastating effects of drink driving. I’d urge fleet managers to get hold of this Fleet Safety Forum survey report to see how their organisation measures up, and get expert tips on how to avoid a range of risks to safe driving, including alcohol and drug use.”