As responsible public sector organisations, we pride ourselves on our ethics and integrity. Would any of us knowingly employ a supplier who…
- used child or slave labour?
- treated women as second-class citizens?
- discriminated against the disables, people from other races or religions, or different sexual preferences?
- was found to be winning work through bribery?
- was activity engaged in tax avoidance?
The answer, of course, is no we absolutely wouldn’t.
Why then, should we provide those same lucrative public sector contracts to companies who fail to manage their ‘driving for work’ activities properly? Companies whose drivers may behave recklessly or whose vehicles may not be roadworthy? Companies who may put our communities at risk.
Did you know 210 people were killed or seriously injured on the South West’s regional road in 2017 with 1,183 being slightly injured. Of these, 13 people died, 48 were seriously injured and 251 received slight injuries as a result of a collision with a goods vehicle.
We in the public sector must lead by example, meeting our legal compliance obligations to effectively manage staff who drive for work, and then demand improved standards from those in the private sector, in our supply chains, who reap the rewards of lucrative public sector contracts.
The DfT and Highways England are delivering the government backed programme Driving for Better Business (DfBB) which helps employers in both the public and private sectors reduce their work related road risk, decrease the associated costs and improve compliance with current legislation and guidance.
The programme, which has the full support of Alison Hernandez, Road Safety Lead, APCC and Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, gives our partners the tools to:
- Reduce budgetary pressures caused by poor management of those who drive for work.
- Reduce hidden management and admin costs.
- Reduce collision repair costs.
- Reduce fleet insurance and excess costs.
- Reduce third party costs.
Who is the event for?
- Senior staff responsible for Fleet, Compliance, HR, Health & Safety and Procurement in public sector organisations throughout the South West region.