March 2011 PACTS Newsletter

Driving for Better Business: Managing Risk, Improving Performance
Event Date: 9:30 am March 23, 2011
Closing Date: 5:00 pm March 22, 2011
Location: London
Member Price: £210.00
Non-member Price: £240.00
VAT Exempt: No
Full Location
BT Centre
81 Newgate Street
London EC1A 7AJ
As many as one in three road casualties may be injured while driving for work. This includes not just the drivers of heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches but also those who are driving cars on the way to and from business appointments. Risk on the road can and should be managed by employers in the same way as we think about dangerous equipment or slips, trips and falls.
For the last four years, Driving for Better Business, delivered by RoadSafe on behalf of the Department for Transport, has campaigned to raise awareness of the importance of work-related road safety in the business community and public sector by using advocates drawn from these communities to promote the business benefits of managing it effectively. Central to the campaign are 50 business champions – firms that are prepared to champion good practice by taking a business message to business.
This conference will highlight the achievements made by those organisations in cutting risk and improving performance. It will also highlight the resources available to organisations wishing to embark on a similar journey. The programme brings together a range of companies from multi-national to small enterprises and both the public and not for profit sectors. It aims to celebrate success and to identify continuing challenges for road safety in the next decade.
Best of the Best – 8th annual Fleet Safety Forum conference
Date: 3 March 2011
Venue: National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham
Time: 9am – 4pm
Prices: £175 +VAT for Brake subscribers, £295 +VAT for non-subscribers
The 8th annual Fleet Safety Forum Conference providing fleet managers with an opportunity to hear detailed case studies from fleet safety managers and suppliers who have won Fleet Safety Forum Awards for best practice.
ORR report on poor information during winter disruption
The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published an interim report on the reasons for poor information during this winter’s disruption. 
RAIB report released – Carrbridge
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into an accident at Carrbridge, Badenoch and Strathspeyon, 4 January 2010. 
EURONCAP Tests Electric Vehicles
The European New Car Assessment Programme has today announced the results of the first test of electric vehicles. These have been awarded 4 star status in the test programme. This is a clear indication that safety and the environment are not incompatible. However, it is disappointing to note that the pedestrian protection element of the test scored a relatively low mark. Full details of the test results can be found via the link.
Report finds casualties would have been prevented by 20mph zones
The North West Public Health Observatory has published ‘Road Traffic Collisions and Casualties in the North West of England’. 
EU Daytime Running Lights Legislation
Dedicated daytime running lights (DRLs) are the lamps on vehicles that switch on automatically when the engine is started. From 2011 onwards, DLRs will be mandatory for all new cars and small delivery vans in the EU. 
Quarterly Road Traffic Estimates: Quarter 4 2010
The Department for Transport have published quarterly road traffic estimates for Q4 2010.
See the full document at
Road congestion statistics can be viewed at 
Rail Safety Performance Reports for Dec 2010
The Rail Safety and Standards Board published the December update on safety performance.
December 2010, Summary of Safety Performance report:
The monthly SPAD Cat A and TPWS Report for December 2010:
All current safety performance reports can be found on the RSSB website at:
Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Quarterly Provisional Estimates Q3 2010
Robert Gifford, Executive Director of PACTS commented on “Road Casualties in Great Britain Q3 2010” published by the Department for Transport. See his comments at
The statistics can be viewed here
Leicester University has published a monograph written on the experiences of women pilots. The monologue is in German and can be ordered from the Institute of Lifelong Learning. (Number 46 – Frauen im Cockpit)
Parliamentary Questions
“Parliamentary questions are tools that can be used by Members of Parliament to seek information or to press for action. They oblige Ministers to explain and defend the work, policy decisions and actions of their Departments.”  
All transport safety parliamentary questions and PACTS comments can be viewed on the website.
This question was asked on week beginning 14th February:
UN Decade of Road Safety
Jim Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to mark the launch of the UN Decade of Road Safety on 11 May 2011. [37838]
Mike Penning: Ministers are planning to participate in events organised by road safety groups to mark the launch of the UN Decade of Road Safety on 11 May.
PACTS comments: The launch of the UN Decade of Road Safety on May 11th is an excellent opportunity for ministers to demonstrate their commitment to road safety. It is good to see that they plan to be involved. 
Further information on the UN Decade of Road Safety can be found on the World Health Organisation website and at
PACTS is coordinating arrangements with other road safety organisations for a launch event in London on the 11th May, details of which will be circulated shortly.
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