Many of the world's biggest industries are based around one thing; transport. With all of the technology we have, there isn’t any other way to travel from A to B. We have to use some sort of vehicle. A lot of people don’t own their own vehicles, though. So, they rely on other forms of transport to get around.
This is where your business comes in. If you make money from getting people around, then you’re a part of this massive industry. This means that you have a lot of responsibilities. Even if you're a small business or self-employed, you still have to follow the rules. This is where it can get a little tricky for some.
Of course, the law is different in every country. So, you will have to do your own research to make sure that you’ve covered all of the bases. To help you out, this post will go through some of the common areas that trip up paid drivers, so that you can avoid them.
Most countries will require at least a license to be able to drive people around. But, most countries will ask for much more. One of the more common requirements is drug compliance. This means that you need to prove that you and any employees are free from illegal drugs. To stay DOT compliant, you and your staff may need to take regular drugs tests. The business will have to pay for this. There are other areas of compliance too, but it differs from country to country. So, you have to do some research yourself, to be covered. If you fail to be compliant, it could result in massive fines and even the death of your business.
The insurance that you need to operate a business is different to the insurance that you need to drive privately. Instead of just covering the car, business insurance will cover any injuries that your customer’s sustain in an accident. Otherwise, you may have to pay compensation out of your own pocket. In most places, private insurance will be completely void for business use. This means that if you have an accident on business time, your insurance won’t be able to help you at all. Different types of insurance are available for different types of business, so, it’s worth doing some research.
- Proper Vetting
Anyone that you decide to hire needs to be safe when in contact with the public. Most people would consider criminals inappropriate for being alone with customers. You should also make sure that your staff have the proper licensing and paperwork to drive customers around. You can find companies that will do this for you, which is much less risky than doing it yourself. It’s easy to miss little things when looking into your employees. A company that does it on a daily basis will find it much easier to check your staff.
In any business that is customer facing, you have to make sure that everything is done by the book. You’re much more likely to be caught doing something wrong in this type of business. When vehicles are involved, accidents are almost inevitable at some point. Be ready, and don’t get stuck!