London taxi drivers held a protest last week about a reported lack of medical regulations for minicab drivers. The Evening Standard reports that an investigation revealed mini cab drivers were able to pay doctors to pass a medical.
Danny Clarke, Operations Director for the ELAS Group, says driver medicals are an important health and safety requirement, particularly when it comes to passenger carrying vehicles. He says: “PCO medicals are an important tool in ensuring the health and safety of the general public and other road users. It’s concerning to hear that some doctors are providing medicals without assessing drivers.
“It’s important to understand that these medicals, much like other workplace assessments, are designed to ensure that a person is fit and able to undertake this type of role. The potential dangers which are associated with someone who has an underlying condition driving a vehicle pose a tremendous risk to pedestrians and other road users, not to mention the driver of the vehicle themselves. There has been much coverage in the news that has highlighted these dangers yet it appears some individuals aren’t taking this as seriously as they should.
“Clearly the system which is currently in place for PCO medicals is not working and something needs to be done to ensure the health and safety of all road users. A starting point for TFL and other companies looking at driver medicals could be to adopt a scheme similar to that operated by train companies and network rail.”
Contact Sound Advice if you need more information on driver medicals on 0845 862 8040. Our occupational health professionals will come to your site to complete the medicals, meaning your employees don’t need to take any time off.