Wiltshire Council commits to safety of "grey" fleet drivers
The council has launched a six-month pilot scheme, which sees 250 randomly selected employees enrolled onto Fleet Support Group web-enabled RiskMaster programme.
The pilot will run through to the end of March 2011 and if deemed a success will result in all 4,500 to 5,000 full-time and part-time-staff, volunteers and agency workers who drive their own vehicles on council business being enrolled onto RiskMaster.
RiskMaster is a web-enabled, at-work driving safety initiative that managers vehicles, drivers and journeys to enable employers to reduce their risk exposure. It is based around a Driver Operating Life Report, which uses individual "Permits to Drive" that are issued to all employees once they meet key criteria laid down by their employer on enrolment in the system.
Simon Dale, fleet project leader, said: 'While a valid driving licence proves that an employee has passed their driving test we thought it was important to issue our own "Permit to Drive" to staff to show they meet our own driving standards criteria.
He added: 'Compliance with the law is the real focus, but through that will come reduced staff absenteeism as we believe they will be driving more safely, improved staff welfare and increased productivity and efficiency.'
Wiltshire Council chief executive Andrew Kerr said: 'It is the Council's intention that by demonstrating such leadership through the implementation of the RiskMaster safe-driving programme we will encourage other organisations, particularly our contractors, to implement similar safety policies as well.'