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A new white paper designed to help employers navigate the process of managing driver wellbeing and safety as they emerge from the pandemic has been issued by the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP).

The white paper “Return to Work: Back Behind the Wheel” has been created by AFP’s risk, compliance and health committee, after gathering ideas and observations from across its membership.

Chair Paul Hollick said: “We’re seeing two sets of potential risk problems emerging. One is drivers who have worked in frontline services and industries such as parcel delivery who have been placed under huge pressure during the pandemic.

“The other is people who have been placed on furlough or who have been home working and have covered many fewer miles in the last year than previously. These people may need breaking back into driving in a safe and structured fashion.

“Our new white paper is designed to provide advice on what fleet managers need to do to promote driver wellbeing and therefore safety at this important moment in time, drawing on expertise from across our organisation.

“It is available to all AFP members and should prompt essential ideas and discussions that can be applied to each employer’s individual situation.”

Copies of the white paper can be obtained via the AFP website.