The Department for Transport and Highways England are implementing a Government programme to help reduce the number of collisions and casualties on our roads – a programme that was introduced to the public sector at our special launch event held at the Palace of Westminster on 22nd January 2019.
By collaborating with our partners in the public sector, Driving for Better Business will help to reduce the considerable pressure on resources, both human and financial, in dealing with road incidents that involve those who use our roads for work.
We in the public sector must lead by example and then demand improved standards from those in the private sector, in our supply chains, who reap the rewards of lucrative public sector contracts.
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?