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Manage rising grey fleet use with new virtual driver training

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New virtual driver training is now available from Cardinus to help fleets manage the risks of increasing grey fleet use post-pandemic.

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There are already signs of rising grey fleet use post-lockdown and Cardinus’ new virtual driver training sessions can help companies address the risks involved

As lockdown conditions ease and the UK returns to work, there are already signs of a noticeable rise in grey fleet use, according to the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP). Speaking in the association’s recent webinar, AFP deputy chair Stewart Lightbody said many employees are going to be reluctant to use trains and buses or any other form of shared mobility for the foreseeable future, instead wanting to use their own car, whether for commuting or for work-related travel purposes.

New virtual driver training solutions from Cardinus can help fleets manage the many and varied risks of grey fleet use. The solutions can play a key role in a firm’s grey fleet policy, providing training and guidance to mitigate the risks of such drivers as part of the ‘new normal’.

The new virtual sessions follow Cardinus’ launch of remote working and return-to-work online and consultancy solutions.

Peter Kinselley, associate director of health and safety at Cardinus, said: “We recognised the need to quickly adapt our solutions to meet the new working norm. As the UK returns to a more normal working life, we understood the need to provide innovative solutions to help ‘re-chip’ drivers who are once again getting back into driving on business.

“Our virtual sessions are designed to get drivers thinking about the demands and risks they face in what is, for most workers, the biggest workplace risk they face.”

The new sessions form part of Cardinus’ wide range of occupational road risk solutions, from development of policies and procedures through to online learning, risk assessments, in-vehicle training, telematic integration and licence checking.

Kinselley added: “Cardinus is more than just a road risk specialist. We offer fleet audits to help organisations understand the risks they face and we help develop plans, polices and processes to mitigate this serious exposure. As a global leader in ergonomics we can also add in expertise in respect of manual handling risks, which are a major issue for the commercial delivery and courier market that has grown rapidly in recent months. And, we look at road risk as part of a companywide safety management system, whereas so many competitors only focus on the driving risk.”

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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.