Another leading Highways England contractor has become the latest to be awarded Driving for Better Business Champion status after significantly boosting its safety record, while making major savings on fuel, insurance and collision damage costs.
The achievements of Costain Group plc were recognised by Highways England Chief Executive, Jim O’Sullivan, who presented the smart infrastructure solutions provider with their certificate at the Driving for Better Business ‘Masterclass’ event at Birmingham’s NEC. Receiving the award was Richard Stuart, Costain Group’s Highways Sector Director.
Costain’s recognition comes just weeks after two other HE contractors – infrastructure support service provider Amey and the UK’s leading road marking specialists WJ Group – also won Business Champion status in recognition of their endeavours.
The three are the first to be recognised as Business Champions since Highways England announced that all of its suppliers must manage work-related road risk in line with guidance from Driving for Better Business.
Masterclass attendees heard that Costain, which has a fleet of 1,059 company cars, 749 light commercial vehicles, 23 heavy vehicles and a grey fleet of 1,319, had driven down collisions by 17 per cent and collision costs by 19 per cent in just 12 months. It also reduced insurance costs by nine per cent and business mileage by 26 per cent.