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Call for local authorities to help with pilot for safer business driving

A new pilot scheme to reduce tailgating by business drivers has received funding and is now seeking local authorities to participate.Screen shot 2016-03-22 at 10.41.53The scheme being trialled by Transport & Travel Research Ltd (TTR) and parent company TRL has secured funding from the Road Safety Trust, a charity that funds research to support its objective of reducing road casualties. TTR is now seeking interest from potential local authority partners that would act as a host for the pilot in their area.

According to the road safety charity Brake, 44% of drivers are concerned about tailgating on most occasions that they drive on motorways; however, nearly 60% of drivers admit to leaving less than the recommended two-second gap between themselves and the vehicle in front. The project will focus on business drivers because on average they undertake high annual driving mileages and are involved in a quarter of road traffic collisions.

Robert Gifford, chief executive of the Road Safety Trust, said: “This project tackles two important issues: close following which is of concern to many road users and driving for work which poses increased risk to all drivers. I hope that the Trust’s support will help to develop a useful tool for employers as they take their role in managing this issue seriously.”

Practical interventions may focus on education, engineering or enforcement approaches or a combination of these.

The TTR and TRL team is looking for local authority partners to help recruit employers within the pilot area and develop a package of behaviour change techniques to measure and influence attitudes towards close-following.

Marcus Jones, senior expert, sustainable mobility at TTR, added: “The project provides an excellent opportunity for road safety departments to not only help tackle tailgating on their road networks, but develop new tools they can use in the future.”

Local authorities that are interested in taking part in the pilot should contact Marcus Jones on 01344 770552 or [email protected]

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.