TDUK Company Car Drivers' Handbook

Company Car Drivers' Handbook
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2016 Edition. The FTA company car drivers’ handbook should be read by anyone who drives a car for business purposes.

Driving a car in connection with work is something most of us do at some time or other and, for many of us, driving may well be one of the most dangerous and regulated activities we do.

The FTA company car drivers’ handbook should be read by anyone who drives a car for business purposes. It contains information to help you, as a driver, remain safe and legal in an easy-to-read format. The contents are divided into relatively small, clearly signposted sections to make it as easy as possible for you to quickly find the information you are looking for. Once you have familiarised yourself with it, carry it with you in your glovebox, so that guidance is on hand whenever you need it.

Key Updates for 2016 Edition

  • Changes to Drug Driving Legislation (Prescription Medication)
  • Lowered alcohol limits in Scotland
  • Removal of Paper Counterpart driving licence
  • Jeopardising Vocational Licence if caught using mobile whilst driving a car
  • Changes to Smoking regulations with minors in the car
  • Updates to Fixed Penalty charges
  • Updated information on Government Agencies

This handbook should be read in conjunction with your own organisation’s specific policies, which may well go beyond the advice here, particularly in relation to dealing with accidents or the use of mobile phones.  Make sure you are familiar with these policies as well and keep them in your glovebox alongside this handbook. 

We have also included some notes pages at the back of this handbook. Use them to keep important contact details, such as your vehicle recovery company, your vehicle fleet management organisation and numbers to call to replace tyres or windscreens.


Drivers' key legal requirements

  • Basic legal obligations
  • The five golden rules

Driving licences

  • Photocard licence
  • Production of licence
  • Removal of paper counterpart
  • Car licence entitlements
  • We know where you live…
  • Fit to drive?
  • Driving licences – top five tips to staying legal

Safe and fuel efficient driving

  • Concentrate – Observe – Anticipate
  • Drive skilfully
  • Observe speed limits
  • Take account of conditions
  • Top tips for safe and fuel efficient driving

Vehicle checks

  • Routine vehicle checks
  • MOT and servicing
  • Car and small passenger vehicle driver walk around check
  • Safe loading

Journey planning and personal security

  • Plan your journey
  • Top personal security tips

Rules of the road and driving offences

  • Know your Highway Code
  • Speed limits
  • Drink, drugs and smoking
  • Fatigue
  • Seat belts
  • Mobile phones, in-car technology and other distractions
  • Endorsements
  • Fixed penalty system
  • Notifying your employer
  • Schedule of main offences

• Parking on the public road
• Civil parking enforcement
• Parking on private premises

Towing trailers or caravans

  • Insurance
  • Driver licensing
  • Speed limits when towing
  • Combination suitability
  • Attaching the trailer
  • Loading the combination
  • Routine checks
  • Driving a vehicle and trailer combination

Driving on motorways

  • Key motorway rules
  • Hazard warning flashers
  • Breakdowns
  • Diversion signs
  • Towing
  • Highways England Traffic Officers
  • Roadworks on motorways
  • Managed motorways
  • Controlled motorways

When things go wrong

  • Accidents
  • Top tips at the roadside
  • Accidents - information for third parties
  • Accidents - report slip
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