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Volvo & Fleet21 team up to improve business driver safety

The carmaker has always had a pre-eminent reputation for building the safest cars on the road – Volvo cars fitted with the latest safety systems have reduced crashes for some fleet customers by over 30% and reduced associated accident costs by a staggering 65%.

Through the new partnership with Fleet21 – one of the UK’s leading driver risk management consultancies – Volvo customers can benefit from safer drivers too.

Under the new initiative, local businesses buying or leasing their first new Volvo for the business will receive the Co-Pilot Employer’s “Business Driver Compliance Toolkit” from Fleet21. Worth £495, this toolkit will help lower your fleet costs and reduce collisions as well as helping to ensure your compliance with corporate manslaughter legislation.

The Co-Pilot pack includes a comprehensive driver policy written by fleet-specialist legal experts as well as the firm’s first driving licence check for each driver, which is made directly against the DVLA database.

Also included is an online driver risk profile tool that shows any areas where they are at risk and essential facts and figures on important issues such as speed and braking to help educate your drivers on some of the more common issues of high-risk driving.

Addressing the need for accurate record keeping, the toolkit also includes template forms for your drivers to sign their acceptance of the new policy and handbook, and a written employer risk assessment as required under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

The two firms say that benefits for fleets include:

  • Lower fleet management costs including accident repair and low speed damage
  • Lower insurance payments through a reduced risk profile,
  • Lower hidden accident costs such as sick leave, hire cars and damaged goods
  • Lower fuel consumption and emissions as a result of smoother driving
  • Lower stress levels among your drivers and reduced incidence of high risk

To get your Employer’s ‘Business Driver Compliance Toolkit’ all you have to do is buy or lease the first new Volvo car for your fleet. Fore more information call the Volvo Car Business Centre on 08444 905209, email them at [email protected] or visit www.volvocars.co.uk/business


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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.