Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Road Haulage Operators, Freight Couriers and Others Encouraged to Study Safety Techniques

All Small Businesses in the Supply Chain with Fleets of Any Size Can Benefit from DfT Supported Events
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UK – Britain’s supply chain is constructed of many small to medium size enterprises (SME’s) with different sized fleets comprised of a host vehicles of various sizes. Now Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on all organisations working with small businesses to help spread the road safety message, by promoting its series of free and low-cost webinars and seminars aimed at road haulage outfits and freight couriers, as well as any employer using vehicles as part of their operation, to make themselves aware of Brake's ‘Essential guide for SME’s'.

Various events, and the accompanying best practice guidance report, will specifically target small businesses that employ drivers. They are being delivered through Brake's Fleet Safety Forum with the support of the Department for Transport (DfT). They will raise awareness of the main risks associated with driving for work, employers' responsibilities in managing these risks and benefits they can reap from managing them effectively, as well as giving guidance and practical examples of tried and tested ways to do this.

At-work road crashes are estimated to cost UK employers £2.7 billion a year and for any business with staff who drive for work, managing road risk is an essential step in bringing down costs and avoiding an incident that could be catastrophic for those involved and the business. Preventing crashes, bumps and scrapes can deliver multiple business benefits like lowering insurance premiums, improving reputation and staff morale, and reducing lost time.

The forthcoming events will look at practical, low-cost steps which small businesses can take to save money, and protect their employees and the wider community from the devastation a crash can cause. They will draw on Brake's long-running experience of providing guidance through its Fleet Safety Forum and sharing best practice case studies among employers running all types of fleet. SME's are being encouraged to book their place now on the following events:

Are your drivers working for you? 12 December 2013: free one-hour webinar on influencing driver behaviour to improve safety and cost efficiency.

Are your vehicles working for you? 30 January 2014: free one-hour webinar on ensuring the safety of your large vehicles.

Big savings for small businesses. 6 February 2014 in London + Manchester date TBC: one-day seminars on the basics and benefits of addressing at-work road safety.

By booking onto either of the above free webinars, delegates can access a half-price rate on the seminar of just £27.50 + VAT (normal price £55 +VAT). Delegates of all events will get a free copy of the accompanying guidance report. The events, and Brake’s Fleet Safety Forum, which offers management advice and tools to tackle risks incurred on the road, are fully supported by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond, who said:  

"The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world and improving this record remains a top priority for the Government. That is why we have increased fines for using a mobile at the wheel, made it easier for the police to tackle bad driving behaviour and we are looking at how we can improve young driver safety. Brake's webinars are a useful contribution towards lowering incident rates in the workplace. I welcome anything like this which helps improve driver safety and saves UK business unnecessary costs."