British firms back UN Global Road Safety Week

Written by: Fuel Card Services, Last updated:11th August 2020

UN Global Road Safety Week

More than 100 UK business leaders have taken part in a summit as part of UN Global Road Safety Week.

The Driving for Better Business Private Sector Leadership Summit was held earlier this month. It aimed to highlight the efforts of UK businesses and bodies to reduce the number of deaths seen on the nation’s roads each year.

Businesses at the centre of UK road safety

Speaking at the event, chief executive of Highways England Jim O’Sullivan stated: “We expect drivers who use our roads for business to have the highest standards of driving and compliance. There is no doubt that their companies have a role to play in this, not just for their own employees but right through their supply chains and business networks.”

A host of representatives from some of the largest automotive manufacturers and UK transport-focused bodies were in attendance.

Guests included Mandeep Dhatt, executive director of HR at McLaren Automotive, chairman of the Health and Safety Executive Martin Temple and James Haluch, managing director at Amey Highways.

“Promoting safe, sustainable mobility is now more important than ever as companies look to reduce both business risk and their impact on the environment,” argued Simon Turner, campaign manager for Driving For Better Business.

He concluded that leaders must now be seen to be upholding the most robust policies to ensure compliance with existing legislation and have a firm grip on their fleet activity.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Safety should be a top concern for every fleet manager in the UK. Businesses have a crucial role to play in maintaining the standard of their vehicles and ensuring their drivers are responsible road users.”