Tags: Drivers

Chris Weaver: Just what is the employment status of Uber drivers?

Over the summer it was reported that the GMB trade union was launching legal action against Uber over its treatment of drivers who are GMB members.  It claims that drivers working for Uber are in fact “employees” or “workers” and not, as Uber asserts, self-employed “business partners”.  If the employment tribunal agrees that the drivers are workers or employees then Uber will face substantial liabilities for failing to grant them basic rights under employment law.

Huge shift for company car drivers over the coming decade

Drivers may be able to subscribe to a ‘cloud’ of driverless cars within the next decade, according to LeasePlan UK, part of the world’s largest fleet management company. With Google claiming its self-driving cars are only 3-5 years from market, LeasePlan is predicting huge shifts in the way drivers use their vehicles. The prospect of…

Risky business: thousands of illegal company drivers in the UK

Over a thousand fatalities a year on British roads involve someone at work British company directors risk corporate manslaughter and Health and Safety charges, with unlimited fines and publicity orders , every time an illegal driver gets behind the wheel UK drivers are facing increasing danger on the roads as thousands of workers are driving…

Work pressures leading to dangerous driving

New research reveals the extent to which pressure to meet business targets post-recession is compromising road safety • A fifth of business drivers* exceed the speed limit, and as many as one in ten drive through red lights to get to appointments on time or meet targets. • Sales reps are the most dangerous business…

Some haulage firms ‘on edges of legality’ over hours

Greater enforcement against the ‘long hours’ culture in the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sector should become a government priority, the Unite union has said. Unite has called on Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, to boost the resources for the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), which regulates the roadworthiness of the industry’s lorries. Unite’s call has…