RoSPA launches safety guidance for gig economy drivers

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched new guidance for self-employed gig economy couriers, drivers and other trades to remain safe on the road.

UK government data shows that around 4.4% of the UK adult population has engaged in work in the last 12 months, or around 2.8 million people.

The RoSPA guidance looks at the importance of vehicle and bicycle maintenance, avoiding fatigue on the road, and how to ride and drive safely in the dark. It also reminds those workers major issues such as that mobile phone use at the wheel is illegal.

“Driving is one of the most dangerous activities that most of us will ever do, and driving for work tends to be risker than driving for private reasons. People who drive professionally are more likely to crash even after their higher mileages are taken into consideration.

“Our hope is that by providing tailored guidance to gig economy workers, we might be able to help avoid incidents on the road. We also want to see a move away from a relentless targets-driven culture which can lead to unsafe workloads, cause fatigue and result in collisions.”

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