The Health & Safety Executive will launch the first-ever discussion document on at-work road accidents today (Thursday).

Current health & safety law is not applied to driver-workers, although the latest figures have shown that between 25% and 33% of all road accidents involve someone who is at work at the time.

The document is expected to place the onus on employers. RAC risk management head Allen Bewley said it was time for employers to start taking responsibility.

“Simply looking at individual drivers' techniques is not enough,” he said.

He added: “Crashes are often symptomatic of a wider company culture that encourages risk taking.

“Employers have a duty of care and can no longer hide behind work-related road crashes as the inevitable cost of doing business.”