Corporate sector urged to play key role in Decade of Action for Road Safety
So says the Driving for Better Business campaign, which is managed by RoadSafe and is one of the influential UK-based supporters of the United Nations-backed initiative, which will be launched on Wednesday 11 May.
The aim of the 2011-2020 Decade of Action for Road Safety is to save five million lives and prevent 50 million injuries.
The Driving for Better Business campaign has calculated that if 50% of businesses that currently manage people who drive at work implemented initiatives similar to those of the "business champions" around five million lives globally would be saved.
The 11-point United Nations’ declaration supporting the Decade of Action includes encouraging 'organisations to contribute actively to improving work-related road safety through adopting the use of best practices in fleet management’.
Prince Michael of Kent, a patron of the Driving for Better Business campaign, said at its spring seminar: 'The corporate sector has an important role to play in achieving the aim of the Decade of Action by placing the management of drivers high on business agendas.'
RoadSafe director Adrian Walsh said: 'There are an estimated up to 150 road deaths and serious injuries a week resulting from crashes involving at work drivers, and more employees are killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads while driving on behalf of their employer than in any other work-related activity.
'With up to 30% of all road crashes estimated to be work-related it means that worldwide if other organisations adopted the safety focus of our "business champions" then millions of lives would be saved over the decade and the lives of millions of other people would not be blighted by injuries caused in road crashes.'