23 Nov 2015

Supporting Road Safety Week 23-29th November 2015



End devastating road casualties

Road safety isn’t just about driving safely or using the green cross code (although they’re important). It’s about making our streets safe and pleasant for everyone to use freely, and it’s about us all doing what we can to protect ourselves, people around us and the planet we depend on. A big part of that is driving less, as little as possible, or not at all if you can: it can make a huge difference to road safety, your health, wallet and the planet.

Driving is one of the most hazardous working activities in the UK, with an average of 220 serious injuries and 20 deaths every week involving people at work on the road according to the Department of Transport

That’s why this Road Safety Week, it encourages everyone to consider how they use roads, and if they can ditch some driving, and instead walk, cycle or use public transport as much as possible.

If you’re an employer, managing the safety of your employees on the road can be a stressful task. PUWER requires that work equipment is suitable and safe for its intended use, regularly inspected and maintained and that employees are properly trained in its use – this includes company vehicles (owned, leased or hired) as well as employee’s own vehicles if used for work purposes. During Road Safety week you should encourage staff to use vehicles less. Why not set up a scheme encouraging active and sustainable commuting and/or run a car free day for staff. Analyse your ‘at-work’ mileage to see if journeys can be reduced or better planned to not only improve efficiency but reduce the risk of accidents.

Regular checks can increase the efficiency and safety of fleet vehicles

Driving is one of the most hazardous working activities in the UK, with an average of 220 serious injuries and 20 deaths every week involving people at work on the road according to the Department of Transport (DfT)

Good to Go Safety provide a fleet vehicle safety checklist, designed to encourage drivers to carry out essential pre-use checks of their vehicle prior to a journey. These regular checks can be built into a fleet management policy and help to ensure the safety of the vehicle whilst reducing maintenance costs. Our fleet vehicle checklist helps employers meet their legal duty of care to ensure the safety of staff whilst they work, in accordance with various separate laws governing occupational driving including The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, PUWER & The Road Traffic Act 1998.

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