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June 20, 2012

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Road safety charity honours fleet safety’s finest

Corporate and individual achievements in fleet safety were recognised last week at the tenth annual awards for excellence of the fleet safety forum.

The organisation, a division of road safety charity Brake, held its awards ceremony at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on 14 June to recognise the achievements of those working in the field of road risk management.

Among the winners was Royal Mail, which, as well as picking up the analysis and action awards, also took home the innovation award for pioneering approaches to road safety. The company received the latter honour for its fleet safety programme, which aims to achieve zero crashes through cultural change. As a result of the initiative, the organisation has reduced its crash rate per vehicle by 24 per cent over a two-year period, despite growing its fleet by 14 per cent to more than 35,000 vehicles.

The full list of winners are:

  • Safe Vehicles Award – Iron Mountain Europe Ltd;
  • Fleet Safety Innovation Award – Royal Mail;
  • Fleet Safety Partnership Award – Nestle Mexico and Interactive Driving Systems;
  • Fleet Safety Product Award – ASL Vision for the ASL360 Surround View Camera;
  • Fleet Safety Analysis and Action Award – Royal Mail;
  • Eco Fleet Award – MITIE;
  • Company Driver Safety Awards – Pfizer (large fleet sub-category); Eurovia (medium fleet sub-category);
  • Gateshead Council (small fleet sub-category);
  • Road Safety in the Community Award – Ocado;
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Awards – Iain McKay, Coca Cola Enterprises; and
  • Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety – Martin ‘Nobby’ Clark, Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet Services.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend explained that the Awards are a valuable way for The Fleet Safety Forum to assess and share best practice. She said: “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.”

The event is thought to have raised more than £30,000 for Brake, which will be used to help fund life-saving educational projects and support for bereaved and seriously injured road-crash victims.


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