As part of operator licence undertakings which is clearly stated, “The operator or driver will not break the alcohol laws”.
Having a policy in place is all well and good, but do you carry random checks to ensure that your company policy is being adhered to?
During the current world health crisis many drivers have been placed on furlough with very little to do but sit and wait for the call that work is available once again. During this time it is more likely that they may increase their drinking habits to relieve boredom. It is a fact that alcohol sales for people drinking at home have risen dramatically due to the bars and clubs having been closed this year. This has led to many drinking at home and not measuring their intake properly. Home made drinks are much more likely to be measured to nearer double and even triple the standard pub measure would give. Along with the ever popular summer BBQs in the garden during what was a fabulous summer of weather here in the UK, alcohol consumption will have risen for many of us.
With this in mind it is imperative that we protect our industry as well as professional drivers from making what could be a life changing mistake, by driving under the influence of any substance, whether that be alcohol or any drugs that will impact their ability to drive safely.
The legal limit in England is 35 micrograms of breath per 100 millilitres of breath. Even under this limit drivers can still be charged with being unfit to drive. Any reading above 9 micrograms of breath per 100 millilitres of breath would very likely lead to any professional driver being arrested. Scotland’s legal limit stands at 22 micrograms of breath per 100 millilitres of breath. England and Wales have the highest limit levels in Europe!
Professional drivers have a duty of care to ensure that they stay legal when it comes to being fit for work. Operators have a duty of care to ensure that drivers are fit to work as part of their undertakings.
Stay safe and take appropriate measures to ensure you protect everyone as far as is reasonably practicable, according to the Health & safety at work act 1974.
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