Road safety

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership partners with Driving for Better Business

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership is partnering with Driving for Better Business (DfBB) to promote the free scheme to businesses in Warwickshire that have employees who drive for work. The new initiative was announced during NPCC’s National Commercial Vehicle Campaign which kicks off this week July 11-24, 2022.

The DfBB program helps Warwickshire Police and its partners provide essential tools, information and resources to local businesses whose staff drive for work to improve their safety and that of other road users on the roads of the Warwickshire.

WRSP encourages companies that employ drivers to register with the DfBB as soon as possible. Driving is the most dangerous professional activity practiced by most people and, in addition to helping to improve driver safety, the program includes essential information and legislation that commercial drivers need to know, driving hours and weight limits at the technical inspection of vehicles.

Warwickshire Police will promote DfBB by distributing cards at multi-agency operations to inform commercial drivers of their responsibilities and pass them on to their fleet managers to raise awareness of the scheme. The Warwickshire Road Safety Education Team will also promote the scheme as part of their offer of safe and active travel to the workplace and information packs will be given to companies by fellow firefighters and Warwickshire lifeguards on their fire prevention visits.

All DfBB resources can be accessed and distributed free of charge via the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership page: www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/warwickshire

DfBB’s Simon Turner said:

“Driving for Better Business’s mission is to improve compliance levels for everyone who drives or rides for work by demonstrating the significant business benefits of more effectively managing work-related road risks. We already have thousands of businesses registered across the country and welcome partnering with WRSP to help support employers across Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Police Inspector Jeremy Mountford said:

“We encourage all fleet managers to enroll in the Driving for Better Business Warwickshire scheme. You will help protect your employees and make our county’s roads safer. This program is a great, free way for companies to reduce risk, improve driver safety, well-being and behavior, and verify that your driving policies for work are compliant.

Whilst Warwickshire Police always choose to educate first where appropriate, we have a responsibility to all road users and carry out regular commercial vehicle operations to ensure commercial drivers and commercial vehicles operate in safely and legally.

Philip Seccombe, Police and Crime Commissioner and Chairman of the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership, said:

“The Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership has an ambitious but achievable target of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 50% by 2030. It does, however, demand that everyone play their part, including the many companies whose employees use our motorway network for works. The Driving for Better Business Warwickshire program is a key part of ending the heartbreak and misery caused by road deaths and serious injuries. That’s why I’m encouraging all Warwickshire businesses with commercial drivers to sign up for the free scheme to help protect their staff and in turn all other road users.

Throughout the commercial vehicle campaign, police and partners will share road safety information and tips on topics for commercial drivers on social media. This will include information on the benefits of regular vehicle checks to spot construction and usage issues such as illegal tires, non-functioning indicators and to assess the overall condition of the vehicle. We will also ask drivers to ensure their vehicle is not overweight and provide information on driving hours, cell phone laws and seat belts.

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