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Story from Fleet News

Fleet operators have been warned that police forces across the UK are waiting to convict one of them under corporate manslaughter and corporate homicide legislation.

The message was delivered to fleet decision-makers attending this year’sMercedes-Benz sponsored ACFO Conference and AGM by Sgt Gareth Morgan, supervisor of South Wales Police Driver Training.

To date there have been just two successful prosecutions under the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, but neither were linked to fatalities involving at-work drivers.

Historically police forces investigated ‘death on the highway’. However, they now look for ‘responsibility’, which in the case of at-work drivers could include investigation of the roles played by fleet decision-makers, company directors and other employees in implementing and managing an occupational road risk management strategy.

’90% of accidents are as a result of human behaviour,’ said Sgt Morgan, who advocates businesses using psychometric profiling as a successful method to enable drivers to self-evaluate their behaviour on the road and organisations to develop and implement at-work driving risk management strategies.

Mobile Phones Ban

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3M Case Study Mobile Phones

Since introducing a ban on the use of mobile phones whilst driving, 3M has monitored employees’ attitudes on an annual basis.

A survey conducted three months after the ban was introduced indicated a swing in employees’ attitude. When the ban was first introduced, 56 per cent of staff did not welcome it. Just three months later, less than half (41 per cent) said they did not like it. By June 2011 negative sentiment stood at 35 per cent.

The most recent survey (which was anonymous) showed 49 per cent of employees complying with the policy fully; 46 per cent ‘most of the time’ and 5 per cent ignoring it. The results showed real signs that the safety message was getting through. When asked their reasons for complying with the new rules, 6 per cent said it was because they thought using a mobile phone while driving was a dangerous distraction and could lead to an accident.

The survey also indicated that the ban had tracked through to 3M employees’ personal lives. 43 per cent said that they already avoided using their personal phone while driving – but since the work ban a further 48 per cent had either stopped or reduced the practice

I think more companies who adopt this approach is only going improve road safety but also improve their public image which is the best form of advertisement, any companies needing any  advice concerning  training for their drivers please contact Heathcote Driver Training of Bury.

 

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Following an initial meeting last November at Driving for Better Business Champion Michelin, The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership with support from theStaffordshire Business and Environment Network has launched a county-wide network of businesses which put managing road risk high on their agendas.  Now following a successful workshop held at JCB, Some thirty local businesses have agreed to work together to improve their internal programmes for managing those who drive for work.

Central to the launch event was a workshop led by four Driving for Better Business champion companies, ArvalBT, Enterprise and Langleys. The event also provided delegates an opportunity to try out the DOC diagnostic software programme also being used by a number of leading international companies including Shell.

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The Guardian promotes International Road Safety

In partnership with the Road Safety Fund, The Guardian will feature a new road safety section within its Global Development website. The ‘development and road safety’ site will focus on providing compelling reporting, discussion and debate on the growing global road deaths epidemic.

The Guardian’s Global Development website will feature news articles, comment and analysis content, multimedia, data reporting and social media coverage.

A key aim of the website is to help sustain momentum for action to improve global road safety by holding governments, international institutions, the donor community, NGOs and the private sector to account for the implementation of the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

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Bury Driving  Test Centre is to have an open day on the 30th March betwwen 9.30 to 11.30, all ADI’s and candidates who would like to see the full refurbishment or discuss any local issues are most welcome.

I will definitely be going !

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I have received another update from my local MP Mr Ivan Lewis concerning Bury Test Centre. GOOD NEWS !!

I now have a letter from Mike Penning MP , Parliamentary Under Secretary State Department for Transport he writes;

I am writing to confirm that Bury Driving Test Centre is scheduled to reopen on 30th March.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) was forced to close Bury DTC after a burst pipe caused extensive damage. The DSA decided to improve the facilities at the Bury DTC at the same time as carrying out repairs to the building.

Bury Driving Test Centre is now more energy efficient, with better insulation, double glazing and motion sensitive lighting. I am confident your constituents will find the new centre a great improvement.

Well at last we now have a definite opening date for Bury DTC,  I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you again  to Mr Ivan Lewis MP for all of his help with this matter.

David Heathcote

 

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It is estimated 4% of drivers are getting behind the wheel without insurance, but the number is falling, according to figures from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, any comments from drivers of Bury?

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Using a smartphone for social networking while driving is more dangerous than driving while under the influence of alcohol or cannabis, according to new research published by the IAM.

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Manchester City Council’s team of seven road safety officers has been disbanded in order to save £132,000 from the council’s highways budget, according to Manchester Evening News.

 

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A report in the Bury Times Newspaper dated 16th February 2012 states that the  Driving Standards Agency are now confirming the Bury Test Centre should be re-opened during the month of March.

Lets hope  this is going to be the case after such a long wait ! I will keep you informed with any future news.

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