“PRAISE”: Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees: Fitness to drive

  • Published: European Transport Safety Council (2010)
  • Authors: European Transport Safety Council
  • Date Added: 22 Dec 2013
  • Last Update: 22 Dec 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives

PRAISE is a project co-funded by the European Commission and implemented by the ETSC on Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees. It presented the work-related road safety standards of EU Member Stages and undertakes advocacy work at the EU level.

Methodology

  • Review of the area ‘driving under the influence of illegal drugs and prescription medicine and work-related road safety.

Key Findings

  • Drivers driving for work may still be under the influence of illegal drugs from the evening before.

  • Increasing number of medicines used without prescription.

  • EU level legislation “driving licenses shall not be issued or renewed for applicants or drivers who are dependent on psychotropic substances or who are not dependent on substances by regularly abuse them”.

  • Prescription medicines – information not clearly stated with advice as to when not to drive or how to decide whether driving is possible under treatment.

  • Recommendations provided from the ETSC to Member States on illegal drug driving including disseminating effective information about the effects of illegal drug driving.

  • Recommendations provided from the ETSC to Member States on prescription medicine use included stressing the role of the doctor.

  • Recommendations to employers on illegal drugs and prescriptive medicines included developing clear internal policies on screening.

Keywords

Fitness, drugs, employee, employer, illicit, prescriptive

Comments

Overview of driving under the influence of drugs presenting the work-related road safety standards of EU Member States.

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