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April 15, 2015

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Free resource pack on road risk for SMEs

cars-691144_640A free resource pack aimed at helping SMEs improve the safety of staff who drive for work has been released by the road safety charity, Brake.

The resources are specifically designed for SMEs with less experience in, and resourcing for, road risk management, as well as for larger businesses and associations to help suppliers, contractors and members implement road safety measures. The pack is published through Brake Professional with the support of the Department for Transport.

Managing road risk can have a big impact on SMEs’ bottom line: from avoiding minor bumps and scrapes, reducing insurance premiums, and preventing the major fallout and reputational damage of a serious crash. With 30% of deaths on our roads involving vehicles being driven for work [1], road safety at work also has a huge human impact. Every one of those deaths has a devastating effect on families and communities, and for every death there are many more life-changing and debilitating serious injuries.

Brake’s resource pack is designed for use by SMEs, or larger companies and trade associations to encourage road safety among their SME partners, members and contractors, and includes:

  • a comprehensive guidance report, The business case for fleet safety, outlining how fleet safety can save money, meet legal and moral responsibilities, and protect communities. The report includes two case studies: Crossrail (Europe’s largest infrastructure project) and O’Donovan Waste Disposal (an SME that won contracts with Crossrail because of their road safety reputation);
  • six driver advice sheets, designed to be provided to drivers, giving guidance based on Brake’s Pledge: six simple things drivers can do to protect themselves and people around them;
  • Managing road risk for SMEs PowerPoint presentation, giving advice on policies and procedures to manage road risk, including driver recruitment and training, vehicle maintenance and checks, and journey planning. Includes case studies from Peter’s Foods, TMJ Interiors and Qdell Couriers;
  • Brake’s 2014 guidance report, Essential guide to fleet safety for SMEs and employers setting out in fleet safety; and
  • web banners and other tools for promoting Brake’s Pledge to at-work drivers.

This resource pack is available for free for everyone who fills in a form at brakepro.org/roadrisksmes.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: “Making sure that staff driving on work time are safe can deliver significant business benefits, including reduced insurance premiums and improved reputation.

“Driving is the riskiest thing many people do at work, and at-work crashes, bumps and scrapes may be companies’ biggest unpredictable cost, so it’s vital for businesses of any size to manage this risk.

“It can be daunting for smaller organisations to put in place effective fleet safety practices, but these resources make clear the business case for doing so, and simple steps you can take. They also direct to further useful tools available from Brake and other agencies.

“I would urge all small businesses with employees who drive for work to use these resources to drive down road risk, saving money and lives. I’d also encourage larger organisations to make use of this excellent pack to share best practice among suppliers, contacts and contractors.”

Driving for Better Safety - Free eBook download

With employees who drive for business more likely to be killed at work than deep sea divers or coal miners, driver safety is a vital business consideration.

Download this eBook from Driving for Better Business and SHP to cover:

  • The danger of the roads;
  • Comparing road safety in the UK to the rest of Europe;
  • Decreasing risk: Avoiding accidents;
  • Road safety best practice;
  • What is fleet risk?
  • Managing work-related road safety.
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