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Arval safety campaign will be industry biggest

HUNDREDS of fleet drivers are to be offered training in what has been described as the biggest health and safety initiative of its kind in the industry.

DriveTech (UK) will offer Arval PHH fleet customers a range of services as part of the vehicle management company's campaign to improve fleet risks and drive down accident costs.

It will supply risk management services to Arval's customers, including vehicle assessments, driver training and risk assessments. Arval's account managers have already completed DriveTech's training programme in a bid to become more aware of customers' needs.

DriveTech chairman Chris Howell said: 'We are in the process of forging the largest ever fleet at-work driving health and safety initiative. As a result of the training, Arval PHH staff will be able to identify high-risk areas of fleet operations.

'Targeted solutions will then be provided through DriveTech, ranging from an initial risk assessment involving all vehicles driven on business and all staff driving on business to one-on-one driver training.'

Figures from the Department for Transport have shown that a third of accidents involve a driver at work.

Nicky Scarr, product development manager at Arval PHH, said: 'The advantages of a comprehensive risk assessment programme can be measured both in terms of driver safety and fleet costs. Our association with DriveTech will provide our customers with bespoke training solutions aimed at cutting road accidents as well as data for analysing trends. Effective risk management allows businesses to reduce costs not just on insurance and claims but also fuel and maintenance.'

Howell added: 'I don't believe any vehicle leasing or fleet management company is as focused on improving at-work driving risk management as Arval PHH.'

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