As many as one in three road deaths may involve someone driving while at work. This group includes not just those who drive for a living – bus, coach and goods vehicles drivers – but those who drive a car to or from a meeting or appointment. This latter group may not see driving as the key activity of their working day. It is, however, the time when they are most at risk.
Both the Department for Transport and the Health and Safety Executive have recognised the need to take action to reduce work-related road deaths. If we are to achieve – or better still surpass – the 2010 casualty reduction target, we need to focus further on this area, thereby reducing risk to both employee and third party. Good health and safety management aims to reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable. That should be our goal for all road deaths.
This conference offers an opportunity to take stock of progress in cutting work-related road deaths and injuries. It will also highlight the resources available to employers and case studies of companies that have taken work-related road safety seriously. In that way, it aims to show how good management practice can contribute to saving lives and reducing risk.
Opening Remarks: David Kidney MP
Keynote address: Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State for Transport ( subject to Parliamentary business )
Driving While at Work – the Employer’s Perspective: John Lewis, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association
What do we know about Work Related Road Safety?: Britta Lang, Transport Research Laboratory
Right Vehicle, Wrong Traffic Order: the importance of mapping Britain ‘s roads: Gavin Jackman, Ordnance Survey
Driving at work – a company perspective: Mark Sayer, BSkyB
Managing a large fleet: Dave Wallington, BT
Using Procurement to Raise Standards: Clemmie Shepherd, Office of Government Commerce
Sharing Organisational Learning – Education and Enforcement: Mark Bird, Metropolitan Police