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RoSPA calls on fleets to participate in Family Safety Week

It is estimated that up to a third of road accidents involve someone who is using the road for work purposes. In 2012, this means that up to 7,679 people across Great Britain could have been killed or seriously injured because of an “at work” road accident.

With Family Safety Week covering all ages and stages of life, RoPSA is encouraging employers to think about the impact that work-related road accidents can have, not just on the drivers and those on the road around them, and on the business, but also on the wider wellbeing of the families involved. It is also calling on drivers themselves, regardless of why they get behind the wheel for their job, to consider the issue.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said: ‘Managing occupational road risk is all about having a good system in place. But it doesn’t have to be a tedious, tick-box exercise – employers can make a real difference to the safety of their employees who drive for work by addressing this issue through risk assessment, training and other actions like journey planning, schedule setting, vehicle choice and maintenance and learning from accidents, should any occur.’

The safety charity has a wealth of free resources available to help firms manage occupational road risk. Its Driver and Fleet Solutions team also offers management of occupational road risk (MORR) services including policy reviews, risk assessment and driver training. 

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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.