The Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) has introduced several new policies and is eager to spread its best practice findings with other fleets, following last week's article 'Safer fleets must spread the word' (Fleet NewsNet, June 24).
Graham Hine, facilities manager at ALI, said: 'Part of our role in the inspectorate is to share examples of good practice among training providers so that they can improve the quality and standards of learning for the benefit of the learner.'
During the past financial year, the ALI has reduced accident claims by 32%, down from 71 to 52 cases.
The value of claims fell by 50%, saving the group £34,000 over the year.
However, Hine said such a large reduction was mainly due to the fact that two claims in the previous year had totalled £19,000.
Hine said: 'There are of course many factors that contribute to these results, but not least the fact that occupational road safety must be an integral part of any organisation's health and safety policy.'
The group began its health and safety drive in 2001 when it introduced a driver training programme for all 180 of its drivers using the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
Hine said: 'When we employ new inspectors they are put through driver training. This started in 2001 and by 2003 we had put 87% of drivers through training.'
Additional initiatives by the ALI include introducing a comprehensive health and safety policy with driver safety playing an integral part.
It also sponsors drivers who want to complete an advanced driving course and switched insurers, saving £100 per vehicle.