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DriveTech recognised for slashing Royal Mail's accident bill

ROYAL Mail has awarded DriveTech (UK) with a 'gold award' in recognition of its work in helping cut the organisation's £17 million annual accident bill.

The postal giant teamed up with DriveTech in 2002 to provide specialist defensive driving courses to staff with the aim of reducing accidents and injuries across the organisation's fleet of 28,000 company cars, vans and trucks.

A total of 20,000 Royal Mail vehicles were involved in an accident last year and apart from the financial cost to the business there can also be delays in delivering mail that could result in lost business.

Royal Mail head of operations purchasing, Robert Albright, said: 'The objective of the training is to reduce accidents and injuries and, therefore, costs by 25%. A comprehensive training programme saves lives, reduces injury and makes business sense.'

The company has committed to putting 500 employees through driver training. The day-long courses have theory and on-road tuition elements and include eyesight checks.

Royal Mail is also considering introducing an online computer-based driver assessment programme, which would allow employees to test their driving skills by answering a number of questions with multiple-choice answers.

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