Delivery Drivers Exposed To Health Challenges Says New Report

Mon 10th May 2021

New research published by one of the UK’s biggest independent road safety charities has called on CEO’s and other industry leaders to look after their driving employees better in the wake of the post-pandemic boom.

Driving for a living became the new norm for thousands across the UK as an increase in demand for online shopping, take-away deliveries and other gig-economies ensured we were dependent than ever on drivers being our link to the outside world.

But a white paper published by IAM RoadSmart has exposed the harsh realities of life on the road, and that many problems with driving for a living have now got worse and show no signs of improvement.

The study reveals that drivers face constant pressure to keep up with demand, and this results in fatigue, and can lead to issues with both physical and mental health. While many drivers might be employed on a casual basis, or sub-contracted to some of the biggest brands in the world, many of them are suffering from a lack of real human resource policies, and their health and safety is at risk.

IAM Roadsmart has now called for better regulation on the driving industry.

Tony Greenidge, chief executive officer at IAM RoadSmart, said: “What COVID did was expose what in many cases was already there.

“Individuals involved in driving for work were already rushed and under pressure. Post-COVID they probably will be more so because there’s more fear about job security and more pressure on employers to recover lost ground. But at least now we are discussing it.”

The charity says that companies need to be liable for prosecution if found to be breaking the rules, particularly in light of the news that one third of all road safety deaths involve people driving for business.

“People long for everything to go back to normal. The problem is, for many drivers normal wasn’t such a good place,” Greenidge added.

“The facts cannot be ignored and now is the time for CEOs and leaders to act. COVID-19 has significantly impacted an area already under immense strain. Drivers’ and riders’ safety cannot continue to slip through the net unnoticed.”