News from Brake
Immediate issue: 18 April 2017
professional@brake.org.uk

 

Brake publishes essential guidance to help companies ensure their drivers are fit for the road

 

Brake, the road safety charity, has published an essential guidance report to help fleet managers and HR professionals ensure their drivers are fit for the road.

 

The new report, in collaboration with Teletrac Navman, focuses on the impact of poor health on an employee’s ability to drive.  By examining eyesight, stress, and fatigue, this guidance report is designed to aid fleet managers in making drivers aware of the long term effects of poor health and the risk they can pose to themselves, the company and other road users.

 

Drawing knowledge from a range of expert sources, the report highlights the legal and moral obligation employers have in ensuring they have strong policies in place to manage the risk from poor health. The guidance also focuses on ways to improve driver health and manage stress levels within fleets, to lower their road risk.

 

The report includes practical advice in the form of a fleet audit document. While eye-tests are easy to pinpoint and report on, stress and fatigue can be harder to spot. This guidance includes symptoms of stress and fatigue, so fleet managers are aware and able to make necessary adjustments to ensure their employees are fit to drive.

 

Content within this guidance report also includes a comprehensive overview of the complications that can arise from poor driver health, and the importance of encouraging fleet staff to manage stress and fatigue, as well as eyesight.


This vital new resource is available free of charge to all Brake Professional members through www.brakepro.org. Non-members can order the resources from the Brake shop, or join Brake Professional for just £50 + VAT per year online, to access these and other resources.

 

Thanks to the support of Teletrac Navman, Brake will be running two additional crisis response training sessions in 2017, in Birmingham and Edinburgh. Please email professional@brake.org.uk for further information.

 

Zari’aat Masood, professional engagement officer at Brake, said: “Ensuring the safety of your fleet goes further than vehicle maintenance: the person behind the wheel also needs to be fit for the road. This crucial guidance report highlights positive steps companies can make to guarantee at-work drivers are safe behind the wheel.”

Peter Millichap, Director of Marketing at Teletrac Navman, says:

“Fleet managers have a responsibility to their employees and other road users to monitor the health and wellbeing of their drivers, and take action if necessary.  Teletrac Navman works closely with customers, using telematics technology to assess driver behaviour, and offering advice on best practice.”
 

Notes to editors

About Brake
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, a Fleet Safety Forum, practitioner services, and by coordinating the UK’s flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

 

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

 

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

 

About Teletrac Navman

 

Teletrac Navman is a multinational telematics company leveraging 25 years of experience to help fleets boost revenue and lower operating costs. We equip businesses with advanced data tools for location tracking, fuel monitoring, reporting, safety and compliance, all via one powerful, user-friendly platform.

 

We're devoted to providing accurate and precise data secured by the strongest protection and controls. These tools and methods improve business’ bottom line and help them stay competitive.