The Fleet Safety Champions Revealed

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Employees and firms who have significantly contributed to fleet risk management have been officially rewarded for their efforts at a gala dinner that was held in Birmingham.

The tenth annual Fleet Safety Forum Awards for Excellence, hosted by Brake, the road safety charity, gives out awards to those that have made significant contributions to road risk management.

Among the winners, Iron Mountain Europe won the Safe Vehicles award, Royal Mail was rewarded for its effort with regards to Fleet Safety Innovation and Nestle Mexico and Interactive Driving Systems received the Fleet Safety Partnership Award.

Brake stated that it had hoped the night which was held at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel, will have raised over 30,000, which will be used primarily to fund the charity’s educational projects and provide support to those bereaved and seriously injured road crash victims.

Furthermore, all fleet operators have to adhere to certain regulations in order to successfully meet safety requirements. These come to include truck side curtain measurements. Truck body manufacturers can give useful advice.

The Fleet Safety Innovation award, which recognises “pioneering approaches” to road safety was given to Royal Mail.

Royal Mail was commended for its “dynamic and continually developing” fleet safety programme, which sets out to achieve an ambitious goal of zero crashes and looks to inspire the use of good practice with other fleets.

The progress made by Royal Mail was reflected in the statistics, where Royal Mail’s crash rate per vehicle fell by 24% over a two year timeline, despite the fact that its fleet increased by more than 14% to over 35,000 vehicles.

Iain McKay of Coca-Cola Enterprises won the Road Risk Manager of the Year for his contribution to road safety both in and outside of the work place.

Mr McKay was the brains behind the success of Coca-Cola’s road safety awareness campaign, overseeing the campaign as it was rolled out as a continuous programme and helped to produce content for it, which came to include over 70 information sheets and six presentations.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: “The Awards are all about recognising hard work, innovation and achievement in fleet safety, and they are a valuable way for us to review and share good practice.

“Throughout the coming year, we will be disseminating case studies on our winners through the Fleet Safety Forum, to inspire and assist other organisations to do more to drive down crashes and casualties. Brake congratulates all the winners for their work to reduce risk, prevent devastating deaths and injuries, and make our roads safer.”

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