An important part of the costs of doing business, no matter the type and scale it is based on, is transportation.
Whether it is a food business that will constantly require raw materials and items to be taken from one place to another, or an online shopping venture, which will obviously require products to be shipped to customers, transportation vehicles, usually trucks, are a staple ingredient in the situations.
Of course, when any business puts so much money into buying or renting the vehicles, taking care of them, and looking after the wages for drivers and costs of fuel, they want to be sure about making the best out of these investments, while also ensuring the safety and security of their vehicles.
Apart from using vehicle-monitoring services to track the vehicles through GPS, the old-fashioned way is to do the due diligence, that is, be very particular about hiring drivers.
Particularly for full-time drivers on contract, these tips will make this process easier for you, with some of them coming in handy even if you want to hire a driver for a day – The Driver.
To ensure safety, prevent the business from being fined or disciplined, and to ensure the safety of vehicles, you will obviously have to see the driver in action.
To do this, one thing you could consider is have someone follow the new driver for a short distance in any area busy with traffic. This will give you a proper idea of adherence to your policies, and also traffic laws.
In many cases of employment, the company has a three-month period of probation, in which the performance of the employee is monitored. You can also do this with drivers, thereby giving you a chance to observe behavior on the job, and remedy any issues that arise.
Interview By Current Employee
It is common practice for someone coming in for an interview to be questioned by people who currently work for the company.
In this case, not only can the current or previous drivers for the business weigh in and help make a decision, but these people will also be more familiar with the needs and requirements of the job.
They will be able to help make sure that the new employee is fully aware of the roles and responsibilities, and can show the ability to handle the vehicles of the business with the level of care required.
Depending on the country, drivers available for commercial jobs, and having the required licenses will be part of a database that can prove to be very useful to you.
This will give you the ability to hire only people who have stayed away from recreational use of company vehicles, traffic violations, accidents, and more.