Fleet chiefs and industry associations, along with the Department for Transport, Highways England and insurance company representatives have held a Driving for Work Summit to further accelerate the take-up of initiatives by employers to reduce work-related road collisions.
The Summit, held at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ London headquarters, allowed fleet chiefs, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association and the Freight Transport Association to identify ways to encourage better occupational road safety.
Many of the ideas discussed will be fed into a forthcoming campaign, which picks up on recommendations outlined in the Transport Safety Commission’s March 2015 report ‘UK Transport Safety: Who Is Responsible?’ and the government’s December 2015 road safety statement ‘Working Together To Build A Safer Road System’.
Adrian Walsh, of RoadSafe, which is working closely with Highways England, said: “Around a third of road traffic collisions involve a person at work, so there is clearly more that can be done by public and private sector fleets working together and in tandem with employers’ organisations, government and road safety experts to support and promote good practice.”
Walsh added: “Much information is available and this Summit focused on how that knowledge can be made more readily available. We want to accelerate the uptake of road safety initiatives by major fleets and SMEs operating company cars, ‘grey fleet’ and light vans to reduce the number of collisions involving drivers on business journeys.”