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Risk assessment the 'biggest ever'

A PLANT and tool hire specialist has undertaken a massive risk assessment of its 1,900 company drivers in just two weeks in one of the biggest operations ever undertaken in the UK.

The firm, called A-Plant, used internet technology to assess the awareness of its company drivers. Following the assessment, more than 100 drivers have been recommended for a driver development course and head of transport Neil Hodson is now deciding on an action plan for other drivers.

The company has a fleet of 1,500 vehicles – 400 of which are company cars and 750 light commercial vehicles. The remainder are heavy goods vehicles.

It also has staff who have taken up a cash option or who drive their own cars on company business.

Hodson said: ‘We owe a duty of care to our drivers to assess their attitude to risk and their overall risk awareness. And we also wanted to reduce our accident costs and ultimately our insurance premiums. Now we have been able to accurately assess those people most likely to be at risk and take action where appropriate.

‘Our drivers are in the main high-mileage drivers, with company car drivers travelling 28,000 miles a year on company business on average and van drivers about 32,000 miles.’

Drivers used the RoadRISK internet-based software package from risk management specialist Peak Performance, in association with Interactive Driving Systems.

The initiative has gained financial support from A-Plant’s insurers Groupama Insurances. A-Plant called Peak Performance after recording 800 driving-related accidents during the past year, 500 of which were at-fault incidents.

The programme started in October, with all company drivers undertaking the online risk assessments on their personal computers.

Peak Performance managing director James Sutherland said: ‘A-Plant is to be commended for undertaking this huge initiative, one of the largest of its kind in the UK.’

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