“A world where those who use the roads for work do so safely, efficiently, and sustainably”

Driving for Better Business is a government-backed National Highways programme to help employers in both the private and public sectors reduce work-related road risk, control the associated costs and improve compliance with current legislation and guidance.

It is free to access and contains useful online tools and resources to help you:

  • evaluate practices,
  • strengthen culture,
  • enhance performance and demonstrate leadership in the management of work-related road risk.


To improve awareness of work related road risk, employers’ duty of care and employees’ responsibilities.


To bring about a radical change in how organisations think about work-related road risk.


To improve safety and reduce risk for all those who drive or ride for work, by promoting good management practice and demonstrating the significant business benefits.

What is Work-Related Road Risk?

At its simplest, it is the risk that one of your employees could be involved in a collision while driving for work, with the potential of injury to the driver or other road users.

  • It puts your staff at risk
  • It puts other road users at risk
  • It can cost your organisation a lot of money
  • It puts you, your organisation and your reputation at risk

You have a legal duty under ‘health & safety at work’ legislation to manage it properly.

Put simply, in order to comply with all this legislation:

  • Your organisation must not do anything that puts drivers at risk.
  • Your organisations work-related driving activities must not endanger other road users.
  • Directors must put appropriate policies and procedures in place to ensure this is so.
  • All employees must follow those policies and procedures at all times.

You also have a moral duty to ensure your staff get home safe and well at the end of each day.

Then there is the financial case because good management can help you make significant reductions in your operating costs.

Driving for Better Business is FREE to join and there are lots of FREE resources, guides and tools to help you…

REDUCE collision repair costs
REDUCE maintenance costs
REDUCE fleet insurance and excess costs
REDUCE third party claims costs
REDUCE fuel use and emissions
REDUCE business mileage claims
REDUCE replacement staff and vehicle costs
REDUCE hidden management and admin costs

Interested in knowing more about becoming a Partner to the Driving for Better Business Programme?

Support for Driving for Better Business

“The National Highways Driving for Better Business programme works across the public and private sectors to reduce work related road risk. This innovative and successful programme contributes to our vision that no-one will be harmed when working or travelling on the strategic road network.

Good quality engagement with our customers and key stakeholders is an essential part of improving safety on our roads and the programme highlights the key benefits of good management and leadership to reduce road risk. As we expand the programme further it will continue to encourage improved behaviour and standards on the road, and an increased understanding of the shared safety responsibility between those who build and maintain the roads, and those whose use them.”

Nick Harris, Chief Executive, National Highways

“The National Highways Driving for Better Business programme supports our Road Safety Statement by continuing to identify and promote good practice in work related road safety. Working in partnership with organisations across all sectors that employ drivers for work, the programme ensures businesses understand and are compliant with the current legislation and appreciate the benefits this can bring.”

Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport

“Driving for Better Business is vital in supporting your management of occupational road risk. The online gap analysis and tool kit really assists to focus your areas of improvement, and support your journey to best practice. It brings together a professional conversation on road risk between your Heads of SHE and Fleet depts. I would encourage all organisations to sign up to DfBB and complete the gap analysis – I know it’s helping the FIRE sector.”

Tony Crook, Lead Officer Road Safety, NFCC Head of Service Delivery, Lancs FRS

“Through our partnerships with Driving for Better Business, Highways England and the Police, we can educate people about what, not just good, but best practice looks like, and then focus our resources on the non-compliant fleets to raise standards.”

Becky Thomas, Director of Strategy and Policy, Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency

“Driving for Better Business is definitely one of the things that we’re really keen for local businesses to do but you need to lead by example so I’m signing up Devon & Cornwall Police, and my office, to Driving for Better Business and we will be working to drive this through the whole country.”

Alison Hernandez, Road Safety Lead, APCC PCC for Devon, Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly
HSE Guidance on driving for work

Meet the people behind the Driving for Better Business programme