According to research, drivers who use mobile phones when driving, irrespective of hands-free devices, are up to four times more likely to be involved in a collision. Some studies have equated using a mobile phone to being twice over the legal drink drive limit.
In many countries, using a mobile phone ‘to your ear’ when driving is prohibited by law, but there have been cases where the police have prosecuted drivers when ‘hands-free’, by other road traffic legislation, citing ‘unsafe driving’ as the offence.
|Use of mobile phones when driving is not controlled, or left to drivers discretion.||All mobile devices are not allowed to be used by employees when driving, including hands-free. This policy is enforced by regular auditing.|
|A policy exists but is never audited to check compliance.||Education has been provided to highlight the dangers of using a phone/device when driving.|
|Employees have not been informed about the dangers of using any mobile device when driving.||There are disciplinary procedures for breaches of this policy.|
- Implement a graduated phase out of mobile phone use when driving. Use the following as a guide:
- Ensure hand-held phones are not allowed.
- Prevent outgoing calls being made.
- Encourage employees to keep incoming calls short and tell the caller that they are driving.
- Stop all phone use when driving. Ensure voicemail / office support is set up.
- Create a specific mobile phone policy, and link this to the work-related road risk management policy.
- Provide awareness training to ensure employees are aware of the dangers of using any mobile device when driving.
- Ensure that mobile phone dangers are regularly highlighted in all safety communications.
- Carry out regular audits to ensure compliance with the policy.