Britain’s safest fleets to be recognised in RoSPA’s annual awards

Britain’s safest fleets to be recognised in RoSPA’s annual awards

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is now accepting entries for its 2019 Health and Safety Awards.

A host of brand new honours and categories have been created this time round, so for the first time, organisations will be able to demonstrate their commitment to safeguarding their employees’ wellbeing inside and outside of the workplace with the new ‘Safe@Work Safe@Home’ Award.

Other new awards aim to single out the outstanding contributions of individual health and safety practitioners, teams and projects.

However, in the realm of fleet management, the most coveted awards will be the ‘Fleet Safety Trophy’ and ‘RoSPA Fleet Safety Technology Trophy’, claimed by natural gas supplier SGN and City Building Engineering Services (CBES) respectively last time.

Additionally, more than 50 companies were recognised in the three-tier RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards, said the new honours reflect the ever-evolving nature of occupational health and safety.

“There’s some excellent work being done to protect not only staff but also their families, as well as customers, clients, and in the case of the leisure industry, guests and visitors,” she commented.

“Honouring this work also allows RoSPA to spread safety messages and good practice, developed in some of the best workplaces in the world, to the environments that need it more – people’s own homes, where more serious accidents happen than anywhere else. We hope to encourage organisations across the world to develop the whole-person, whole-life ethos and help to protect people’s wellbeing wherever they are.”

Companies interested in registering for the RoSPA Awards 2019 can take advantage of an early-bird discount if they sign up before the end of October.

Presentation ceremonies will take place in 2019 on June 6th in Birmingham, June 18th in London, and September 12th in Glasgow.

Visit www.rospa.com/awards for more information on how to register, the entry process, and the new awards.

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Due to the safety benefits created by telematics, it’s highly likely that a number of this year’s finalists include telematics-based systems as a major element of their everyday fleet operations.”

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Vehicles ‘talking’ to traffic lights in new safety-boosting tests

Vehicles ‘talking’ to traffic lights in new safety-boosting tests

Crossroads are known for being some of the most dangerous parts of any road network.

However, new tests are being conducted aimed at improving safety and traffic flow at these notoriously dramatic junctions.

The system developed by Volkswagen and Siemens sees vehicles communicate with traffic lights so vehicles can process information and inform the driver when all traffic lights in succession are on green, for example.

As a result, they can avoid braking or accelerating unnecessarily. In the near future, assistant functions will be able to do this without driver intervention.

The system is currently being trialled on ten traffic signal systems installed at a crossroads in Wolfsburg, transmitting the traffic light phases in the vicinity via a special online network. It is hoped that traffic flow will be improved in built-up areas too.

Manfred Fuhg, head of Siemens Mobility Germany, said: “Crossroads equipped with radar sensor technology are able to significantly increase accuracy in the detection of pedestrians and cyclists.

“Information that vehicles are not able to detect themselves is provided at complex intersections and accident black spots in particular.”

He added that intelligent control like this can provide vehicles with much more precise information on red and green phases than what was previously possible.

Initially, only vehicles with the Car2X technology WLANp (ITS-G5) will be able to process the information, but if deemed particularly advantageous, the technology would almost certainly be adopted by other car makers to benefit road safety.

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “We’ve seen vehicles communicate with each other and their surroundings as part of self-driving systems and these new tests highlight the advantages of more communicative technology.”

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Older employers less likely to monitor driver behaviour than younger bosses

Close to a quarter of employers don’t monitor employees who drive for work, according to new research reported by Fleet News.

The study, commissioned by workforce management company BigChange and road safety charity Brake, highlighted a generation gap with older bosses more likely to not bother keeping tabs on their employees’ driving.

More than half of employers (54 per cent) aged over 55 with responsibility for company drivers don’t do anything to monitor or manage driver behaviour. This is despite nine in ten (87 per cent) citing road safety as an important concern.

In contrast, the number of employers failing to monitor driver behaviour dropped to almost one in 20 for business leaders aged 18 to 34. This means young bosses employing company drivers are nine times more likely than older leaders to take steps such as implementing vehicle tracking, license checks and random drug and alcohol testing.

Cyber over safety

The study also revealed that cyber security was a more pressing concern than road safety for business leaders.

Some 57 per cent of leaders considered road safety to be ‘very important’ to the operation and reputation of their organisations. This figure rose to 63 per cent when asked about cyber security matters.

Martin Port, chief executive of BigChange, seemed particularly worried by this last point.

“More than 500 people are killed every year in the UK in crashes involving someone driving for work, yet businesses believe cyber security to be more important than road safety,” he said.

“[They] are more likely to spend time and money reducing the risk of being hacked than they are to cut the chances of their people killing someone in the course of their work.”

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns at Brake, added: “People have gone to jail for failing to manage their company drivers properly, yet an alarming number of organisations take no steps whatsoever to monitor their activities.”

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “This research uncovers some really intriguing factors surrounding driver monitoring.”

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Delivery drivers waste six hours a week sat in traffic

Delivery drivers waste six hours a week sat in traffic

Congestion is an increasingly critical business issue after it emerged that delivery drivers lose 16 per cent of their working day to congestion.

Over the course of a typical eight-hour working day, that works out at one hour 17 minutes sat in traffic.

Apply that loss over a five-day week and it adds up to more than six hours wasted, while over an entire year, it means the average delivery driver loses 37 working days a year.

According to the 2,000 UK van owners and operators surveyed by Mercedes Benz Vans, congestion is now the second biggest barrier to business growth, with 31 per cent believing this will be the case in the coming year. This percentage rises to 38 per cent amongst fleet managers, second only to rising fuel costs (57 per cent).

Congestion’s effects are especially felt in the north-west of England, where 43 per cent of respondents cited congestion as a barrier to growth – the highest figure nationally.

The North West is home to an emerging (and controversial) ‘Smart Motorway’ network roll-out that impacts some of Britain’s busiest motorways including the M6, M56, M62 and M60 with completion dates years away.

Congestion is only going to get worse with half of van operators intending to introduce more vehicles to their fleet over the next 12 months, fueled partly by an anticipated 40 per cent rise in online shopping.

Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “Anyone who has travelled along the M6 recently will fully understand the frustrations felt by our hard-working van drivers.

“The amount of roadworks dotted all along the motorway is causing significant congestion issues, not least the stresses it puts time-sensitive couriers and distribution drivers under.

“Congestion causes delays that cost money as well as time and can damage the reputation of business that rely on their deliveries.”

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “The Department for Transport should take note of these frustrations. If they don’t take appropriate action over the next few years, UK businesses could suffer.”

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Telematics helps cut CO2 and vehicle idling for eco-minded restaurant supplier

Telematics helps cut CO2 and vehicle idling for eco-minded restaurant supplier

A national restaurant supplier has reduced vehicle idling and carbon emissions of its delivery fleet as a result of introducing telematics.

JJ Food Service says it has slashed vehicle idling by 70 per cent, which in turn has had a knock-on decrease of two per cent for total carbon emissions (647.1g/km to 634.8g/km).

Telematics has only been in place on the food wholesalers fleet since January 2018, but within just six months, the amount of time vehicles were left idling dropped by 55 per cent (or 1,449 hours) a month.

Fuel consumption benefited too with miles per gallon increasing by 15 per cent to more than 9.6 as drivers began completing deliveries more efficiently.

Sedat Kaan Hendekli, head of operations at JJ Foodservice, said: “The use of telematics has helped us to dramatically improve the efficiency of our drivers resulting in significant fuel savings. Keeping our costs down means we can continue to pass on great savings to our customers.

“Less fuel consumption means a reduction in our environmental impact. Tracking driver behaviour has also shown to improve road safety and reduce the cost of vehicle maintenance – the project has been a great success,” he added.

The supplier has furthered its green ethos by installing solar panels, introducing compostable and biodegradable packaging options, and a totally paperless environment.

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “This is just one of many happy endings we’re seeing from telematics users.”

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