Health and Safety Event 5-7 April 2022 Hall 4, NEC Birmingham
Confidence in your fleet safety profile comes from three things: understanding everything you’re responsible for; making sure everything is managed in line with industry best practices; and having a robust audit trail to prove everything was done correctly – these are the key messages for safety professionals who manage driver risk.
Barrie Wilson, Commercial Fleet Consultant for FleetCheck, is a key speaker in the Driver Safety Zone, the hub of activity, support and advice run by Driving for Better Business at the Health and Safety Event at the NEC, Birmingham. He will talk about the explosion of van use over the last 10 years, driven partly by the growth in self-employed start-ups, and address the common misconception that vans are not subject to the regulations that apply to HGV operators.
Working together for the last 18 months, Driving for Better Business helped FleetCheck develop their Fleet Confidence Challenge, a free online course for fleet managers to help them get to grips with the basics of driver and vehicle risk management.
The opening module sets the scene to help managers understand common mistakes and what can go wrong, the second identifies the key responsibilities for any fleet manager; week three helps managers create a new driving for work policy; and the last covers distributing and communicating the policy.
Visitors to Driving for Better Business’s Driver Safety Zone will be able to test out the Fleet Confidence Challenge and take part in live demonstrations on how to make sure drivers are performing their daily vehicle checks properly. With almost half of all vans failing their MOTs at the first attempt, this is vital information on how to ensure vehicle roadworthiness at all times.
“The sector is changing,” says Simon Turner, Campaign Manager for DfBB. “There has been huge growth in online shopping and delivery, vehicle technology continues to evolve and, on top of this, we have revisions to the Highway Code which mean HGVs, buses, vans, taxis and cars are subject to a new road-user hierarchy that gives the highest priority to those who are considered most at risk.
“For those who manage occupational road risk, there’s a lot to learn, and a lot to communicate to your drivers. We’re here to share resources, provide support and encouragement and help find any gaps in current operations.”
In the Driver Safety Theatre, there will be a great line up of expert speakers to inform delegates, who come from a community of over 120,000 safety professionals.