Highways England and the Department for Transport are implementing a Government programme to help reduce the number of collisions and casualties on our roads and in so doing reduce the considerable pressure on resources, both human and financial.

To support this programme, Highways England – the government-owned company responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Strategic Road Network – will be hosting a public sector summit at the House of Commons to seek collaboration with our partners in Local Government, the Police and Fire Service as well as the HSE, DVSA and Police and Crime Commissioners.

This high-level event will take place at noon on 22nd January 2019, in the Terrace Pavillion at the House of Commons. It will feature presentations from:

  • Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England
  • Martin Temple, Chairman of the Health and Safety Executive
  • Mark Phillips, Chief Executive of RSSB
  • Sheena Ramsey Chief Executive of Gateshead Council
  • James Haluch, Managing Director of Amey Highways
  • Sean Bone-Knell, Director of Operations at Kent FRS
  • Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Keasey, Head of NRPIF
  • Alison Hernandez, PCC, Devon and Cornwall

The Summit is one of the first steps in Highways England’s strategic goal to work more closely with its public sector partners to help ensure that we are able to lead from the front in reducing work related road risk, demonstrate our compliance with current legislation and also how we can make significant budgetary savings.  In doing so we can all work together to improve compliance amongst all users of the road network.

Driving for Better Business is backed by the DfT with Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution recently stating,

The Highways England Driving for Better Business Programme supports the British Road Safety Statement in raising awareness of the importance of work-related road safety. Road safety is not just a matter for government. It is an issue that requires support from the public sector, and that means organisations making sure they are compliant with current legislation.”

The summit is for local authority CEOs/Heads of Paid Service, Chief Constables and Chief Fire Officers to meet and focus on the many benefits of improving how work related road risk is managed in the public sector.

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