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South Yorkshire businesses urged to protect themselves and their workforce at free driver training sessions

 

16 February 2015

 

Businesses across the county are being urged to sign-up to a series of free driver training sessions to ensure they are satisfying their legal obligations in the health and safety and duty of care of their staff; who drive on company business. Around 20 people in the UK are killed and 220 serious injuries are sustained every week in collisions involving someone who is driving for work*.

Inmotion! is hosting an Eco-Business Driving breakfast seminar at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley on Thursday 26 February from 08.30am to 10.00am. This event gives an opportunity for local businesses to find out about the Government-backed, free driver education programme, aimed at improving driver safety, ensuring company compliance of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, reducing collision rates, and helping to save money on fuel and other driving related costs.

As part of the support package on offer to local businesses, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership are also running a series of ‘Safer Driving at Work’ taster sessions at the Lifewise Centre on Hellaby Industrial Estate in Rotherham. These sessions are being held on

• Thursday 12 March – 15.30pm - 17.30 pm
• Thursday 12 March – 18.00pm - 20.00 pm
• Wednesday 15 April – 17.00pm - 16.00pm

The Safer Driving at Work sessions have been developed for companies with a fleet of drivers. The course is aimed at improving company policies, using real-life scenarios to demonstrate the implications and consequences for businesses, employees and their friends and family if things go wrong.

Ian Edwards from Doncaster-based eDriving Solutions, who deliver the Eco-Business Driving programme on behalf of the Inmotion! partnership, says, “We’ve had a fantastic response from nearly 2,000 drivers from South Yorkshire businesses who’ve taken part over the past 18 months. Sparing just a couple of hours to learn how our free Eco-Business Driving scheme can benefit your workplace will be one of the most rewarding things you can do this year.”

Joanne Wehrle, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Education Manager said, “Our Safer Driving at Work sessions reinforce the need for organisations to have robust policies and procedures in place if they have people who are driving for work. These sessions look at the consequences for businesses and their drivers, and the impact that this could have on everyone involved, if something did go wrong and a serious or fatal road traffic collision did occur.”

All of these events are free to attend and will also offer the opportunity for attendees to benefit from networking with other, like-minded local businesses.

The series of free to attend events are being made possible through the work of Inmotion! – the partnership delivering the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Fund in South Yorkshire – and the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.

To book your place at one of the sessions, email the Inmotion! team travel@inmotion.co.uk  

*More information at www.fleet21.com