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New corporate killing proposals prompt relaunch of fleet safety audit

A ROAD safety management self-audit for fleet managers has been relaunched by Brake, the not-for-profit road safety organisation. The move follows Home Office proposals to introduce a new offence of corporate killing and three offences to deal with death caused by a company's recklessness or carelessness.

Aimed at fleet managers of all types of vehicles, it assesses a company's existing safety culture and management, driver safety and vehicle safety practices and suggests ways for improvement.

Brake executive director Mary Williams said: 'We welcome the change in the law on corporate manslaughter as companies have recognised their responsibilities and implement good risk management strategies. This self audit will be fundamental in assessing a company's existing management system, improving its risk management and working towards a company safety culture.'

Dr Will Murray, of the University of Huddersfield, said: 'The self-audit is a very useful tool for highlighting areas where fleet operators can improve their transport safety. All vehicle operators have the potential to save money and improve operations by improving their practices in these areas.'

Prepared by Brake in consultation with the University of Huddersfield and other experts and sponsored by fleet risk management specialists Riva 4Di, the self-audit is available free to fleet operators by calling Brake on 01484 559909.

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