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Are your drivers fit to drive?

A HALF-day workshop to demonstrate the dangers and analyse the risks of driver tiredness, alcohol and drug use, poor eyesight and using a mobile phone while driving is being held later this month.

One in three road crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of driver impairment such as driving while tired, following high profile cases such as the Selby rail disaster.

The workshop is hosted by Brake, the road safety charity, in partnership with Driver Hire and will be held at the Bradford & Bingley Sports Club, Bingley, West Yorkshire on Thursday, March 24 (12 noon- 4:30pm).

Mary Williams OBE, chief executive of Brake, said: "All companies who employ drivers should be sending a representative to this workshop. Whether you run five cars or five thousand trucks, businesses have a legal duty under health and safety law to ensure that all journeys are safe - the potential financial and personal costs are simply too high to ignore."

Speakers will cover:

  • Recognising the signs of drug and alcohol use at work and advice on products that can be used to test drivers.

  • The dangers of using mobile phones while driving and practical advice on using mobiles safely.

  • How to minimise the dangers of driver tiredness

  • Eyesight testing, problems and legislation.

    There will also be an interactive demonstration of a driving simulation showing how drivers can be distracted when using a mobile phone.

    Registration for the Fit to Drive workshop is £50 (+VAT) per delegate for members of the Fleet Safety Forum and £60 (+VAT) for non-members.

    Contact Adam Casper at Brake on 01484 559909 or email acasper@brake.org.uk to book your places.

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