Corporate Social Responsibility is set to be the hot topic for 2015 Are your fleet policies as up-to-date as they should be?

3rd July 2015

Are you aware that the same Health and Safety legislation covering staff members in the work place must also be extended to anyone who drives as part of their duties for the company? This covers, the public highway, as well as anyone they may come into contact with including pedestrians and other road users.

Without the correct policies in place, your Business/Organisation, Directors, Senior Managers and responsible staff members are at risk of potentially being investigated or prosecuted in the event of an accident. The government-backed Eco-Business Driving scheme offers FREE driver education and company support aimed at improving safety, saving money, reducing collision rates and maintenance costs whilst helping the local environment. Inmotion! are hosting a free to attend Eco-Business Driving event on Tuesday 21 July 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Doncaster A1(M) from 08:30am to 11:00am. The event will help you to better understand how your company and its drivers can benefit from this Government backed initiative. Since launch of the scheme in October 2013, over 60 South Yorkshire businesses and 1,000+ drivers have benefited from the programme of expert advice, training, and Health and Safety legislation guidance. Swallownest based company, Airmaster recently completed the driver training course and were happy to talk about the benefits they've experienced since taking part. Lesley NcNeill, Office Manager, said -I didn't realise how beneficial it would be to our workforce, everyone benefited not just our company drivers. It's highlighted to us that we need to update a few of our procedures and we've seen a reduction in maintenance cost for things like brake pads and tyres. I would definitely recommend the scheme to other businesses. In addition to ensuring compliance with Health and Safety legislation, the Eco-Business Driving scheme can also deliver significant cost savings. Amey, who are delivering the Streets Ahead programme on behalf of Sheffield City Council, put 65 employees through the scheme and are already seeing some significant savings. Graeme Symonds, Account Director, said: -This scheme allows us to train and educate our employees to ensure they are driving in a fuel efficient and effective way. We're actually seeing somewhere between a 10%-15% reduction in fuel usage and we are reducing our carbon footprint. If you would like to reserve a place at the event you can email the team at, travel@inmotion.co.uk or call us on 01709 51 51 51. The Eco-Business Driving scheme forms part of the Inmotion! programme and is financed through the government's 'Local Sustainable Transport Fund'. Sheffield City Council's Road Safety Team is leading on the delivery of the project and working with Doncaster based eDriving Solutions Ltd. You can also find out more about the scheme here: Amey and Eco-Business Driving

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