Campaign Director Simon Turner’s round up of the previous week’s stories that business owners and fleet risk managers should be reading.

EU sets new target to cut serious road injuries

09/06/2017 Fleet News
Transport ministers in the EU have formally agreed a target of reducing road deaths by half by 2030 from their 2020 levels. While no targets have been set as yet by the UK government, Highways England has set its own target of a 40% reduction of deaths and serious injuries on the strategic road network by 2020, and to move towards zero by 2040.

ICFM Masterclass: Top six priorities for managing road risk

09/06/2017 Fleet World
Held on 6th June, this free event focused on managing work-related road safety and fleets were urged to make a ‘cultural change’. Among the top priorities, delegates were told there must be board-level buy-in to deliver an at-work driving safety culture, but too often corporate attitudes and business operations failed to do this.

Transport ban for director who took ‘no interest in safety culture’

07/06/2017 Commercial Fleet
The director of a builders merchants based in Birmingham has has been banned from operating HGVs for three years having been caught running seriously unroadworthy vehicles. Nick Denton, Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands, said the company deserved to go out of business.

Concern for fleet managers over driving vision standards

07/06/2017 Fleet News
The publication of a new paper has given rise to concern for fleet managers over the standards of vision among business drivers. The paper show the UK lagging seriously behind the rest of the EU which could put drivers, and therefore their employers, at risk.

IAM RoadSmart Launches Free Driving Skills

07/06/2017 Fleetpoint
IAM RoadSmart is offering drivers a free 1 hour expert-led introduction to advanced driving with the campaign running until the end of September. The aim of the session is to improve driver confidence and update skills with discounts available for drivers wishing to undertake a full advanced driving course.

Schindler puts focus on safety with vehicle tracking solution

07/06/2017 Van Fleet World
Leading elevator firm Schindler is showing its commitment to operating a responsible fleet by deploying telematics in all of its 357 vans to improve driver behaviour and so reduce collisions and insurance costs.

iPhone to get “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode

06/06/2017 Sky News
Apple has announced a new development, due to appear on the iPhone from the Autumn, which can detect when the phone is connected to a car via bluetooth or a cable, and subsequently withhold notifications and text alerts. The technology has been welcomed by motoring groups.

Fleet Outsourcing: The Big Questions Answered

06/06/2017 Fleet News
Fleets are able to outsource many services, potentially helpful for those without the experience or resources to dedicate to the role full time. Some of the services that can be outsourced include licence checking, vehicle maintenance and grey fleet management. But beware – while the service can be outsourced, the duty of care responsibility cannot. Fleet News look sat some of the pros and cons.

Tamdown Specifies Safety Pack on New Truck

05/06/2017 Fleetpoint
Taking their duty of care seriously, Tamdown have been looking seriously at vehicle safety systems. The Essex-based operator specified their new 80-tonne gcw tractor unit with an optional Safety Pack which includes the manufacturer’s latest Active Brake Assist 4 autonomous braking system, with innovative pedestrian recognition technology.