Businesses urged to pay closer attention to road safety

Businesses urged to pay closer attention to road safety 22nd May 2014

Businesses need to take a greater role in ensuring that their vehicles stay safe on the road in order to reduce unnecessary crashes, a leading charity has claimed.

Road safety organisation Brake has said that drivers using their vehicles at work have an important role to play in ensuring that the right procedures are being followed.

Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals that have been affected by road accidents.

Its recommended guidelines include ensuring that vehicles are both legal and well-maintained, as well as safe.

The charity has also confirmed that it is to hold an essential seminar 'Maintenance and mechanics: How safe are your vehicles and who's checking them?', which will take place over the summer.

The event, sponsored by IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), will feature a number of fleet and road safety experts, who will offer their advice on the legal requirements for maintenance and mechanics, as well as the best ways in which to perform checks and report any problems.

Ellie Pearson, Brake's senior professional engagement officer, said: "We know at-work drivers are an especially high-risk group on our roads and therefore it is incredibly important that employers go that extra mile to ensure their vehicles are maintained to the highest standard."

Ian Chisholm, head of operations and communications at IRTE, added: "We are delighted to support this Brake seminar which is in line with IRTE's aims of professionalising road transport through knowledge sharing, safety, skills and compliance."

He went on to say that it was important for the right procedures to be followed in order to reduce the numbers of accidents on UK roads and that this event would help to ensure that fleets are legally compliant.

The seminar will take place in London from 12:30 until 16:00 on Wednesday 25 June 2014 and costs just £70 for Brake Professional subscribers and £120 for non-subscribers.

Posted by Danielle Barge