Training – Drugs and Alcohol
Managing the Risks of Driving for Work
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Driving for work involves a risk not only for the driver, but also for fellow workers and members of the public, such as pedestrians and other road users. Driving for work includes any person who drives on a road as part of their work either in:
  • A company vehicle
  • Their own vehicle and receives an allowance from their employer for miles driven.
  • As an employer or self-employed person, you must, by law, manage the risks that may arise when you or your employees drive for work. Although employers cannot directly control roadway conditions they can promote and influence safe driving behaviour amongst their employees.

    The Road Traffic Acts have been strengthened since the Road Traffic Act 2011 introduced new drink driving limits. The Road Traffic Act 2014 introduced impairment drug testing, and The Road Traffic Act 2016 introduced random roadside intoxicant testing.

    The Road Traffic Amendment Bill (2017) currently before the Dail proposes to provide for automatic disqualification from driving in the case of a person paying a fixed charge in respect of a drink driving offence.

    The Road Safety Authority (RSA)

    The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have produced information on some of the risks involved as follows:-
  • Driving Under the Influence of Illicit Drugs and/or the Abuse of Prescription Drugs.

    Gardaí can now test a driver's oral fluid for cannabis, cocaine, opiates (for example, heroin and morphine) and benzodiazepines (for example Valium).

  • Medicines and Driving

    Medications that can have negative effects include: Medicines that are prescribed by your doctor. Non-prescription medicines from your pharmacy (often called 'over-the-counter' medicines). Herbal medicines or supplements.

  • Mobile Phones and Driving

    It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. Using a phone as a driver takes all of your attention off driving so you’re putting yourself and the lives of other people in danger. Even if you’re a careful driver, you can easily get distracted by a phone call or text message and you could have a crash.

  • Driver Tiredness and Fatigue

    Across Europe at least 4,000 people are killed each year as a result of driver tiredness. Research indicates that driver fatigue could be a contributory factor in 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland.

    In 2017 the EAP Institute designed a three hour training seminar to assist employers in meeting their obligations of the various pieces of legislation.

    For details contact:
    Maurice Quinlan, Director EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street, Waterford.
    Email Telephone 051 855733
  • EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street, Waterford, Ireland
    Tel: 353 51 855733 Fax 353 51 879626 Co. Reg. No. 120799