Reported road casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates year ending September 2016 show there were 1,810 road deaths in the year ending September 2016, a 2 per cent increase from 1,767 in the previous year ending September 2015.
- A total of 25,160 people were killed or seriously injured (KSI casualties) in the year ending September 2016, up by 6 per cent from the previous year.
- There were 182,560 casualties of all severities in the year ending September 2016, down by 4 per cent from the previous year
- Motor traffic levels rose by 1.4 per cent compared with the year ending September 2015
- The overall casualty rate per vehicle mile decreased by 5 per cent over the same period
One person killed or seriously injured is one person too many.
We all have a responsibility to be, "working towards zero road casualties."
Companies also have clear responsibility under Health and Safety to effectively manage their on road risks. This goes beyond making sure vehicles are taxed and insured. The Corporate Manslaughter Act may eventually be used to hold to account those who have failed to protect their drivers.
This is not a call to action for companies to fear legislation. The reality is that responsible companies are already managing their on road risk, extending their traditional health and safety focus to include company drivers and are striving to do the best they can to make sure their staff stay safe. If you were not such a company you would not be reading this. A culture of safety, driven from the top down, understood and subscribed to by everyone, will already be helping you to effectively manage your risk. Although, you may have identified that you need some help or guidance. Also, there are always opportunities for continuous improvement.
However, responsibility goes beyond the risk of being prosecuted. If a member of your family was driving for your business you would want the best for them and to know they were safe. 'The family employee test' should apply to all of your employees who drive as part of their work, including those using their own vehicles.
Record your findings
Evaluate the risks
Learn from near miss incidents
Encourage responsibility for a culture of safety from the top down
Ask your workforce for their ideas and opinions
Review, reassess and implement
No Action is not an option
Effective fleet driver training will reduce the risk of your drivers being involved in a collision or any incident when driving as part of their work. Effective training will not only provide your drivers with the tools they need to help them to stay safe but will also empower your managers to effectively manage your on road risk.
Fleet training can save you money. Your drivers can be introduced to simple eco- friendly techniques which can potentially increase mpg. The Energy Saving Trust state that long term savings could be 3.7% to 6.2% (Energy Saving Trust)
Training can also be an effective way of communicating your road safety policies and procedures to all of your staff. For example, workshops are an opportunity to get together your drivers and managers and to focus upon the key messages you want to get across. Effectively communicating and marketing your safety culture to all of your staff.
Have you considered the personal benefits of providing driver training for your staff? Learning techniques which improve safety and reduce your costs also help to reduce your staff's on road stress. Better on road skill means safer progress and less time thinking about other drivers' behaviour, dealing with the driving task calmly, safely and creating more energy to focus on business and not their last drive.
Better driving skills are transferable to your employee's private life. Driving with family in the car, driving for pleasure or for domestic tasks becomes safer. Also, the skills which have been learned can be passed onto family members and friends.
"Working towards zero road casualties."
Potentially save you money
Health and Safety Compliance
Effectively communicating and marketing your safety culture
Personal benefits of providing driver training for your staff
Contact Alistair Stuart on 07813 824125 for more information or submit the form below.