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Brake celebrates safety successes

The safest fleets in the country were honoured recently at a gala dinner by road safety charity Brake.

Judges of the Fleet Safety Forum Awards, organised by Brake, could not decide between the entries from BT and Wolseley UK, so made them both winners in one category.

The telecommunications giant and the builders’ merchant shared the Company Driver Safety Award for Large Fleets, announced at the dinner attended by 250 fleet industry guests. BT’s entry was judged highly innovative, while Wolseley was praised for its clear and appropriate strategy.

Stories from more than 50 entries revealed how fleets are working hard to reduce the number of casualties on the road.

Jools Townsend, Brake’s head of education, told guests at the ceremony: “We have prevented terrible injuries and saved lives. The evidence is in the award entries but we have more to do.”

The Driver Safety Award for Small Fleets was won by nkl automotive, which transports vehicles for the leasing industry.

In addition to an extensive driver training programme, nkl holds group discussions for drivers involved in collisions and has a road safety presentation playing in the drivers’ common room.

By paying drivers hourly, rather than by the job, nkl discourages speeding.

Road Risk Manager of the Year for Large Fleets was Inder Poonaji, who manages 30,000 drivers across 11 countries for Nestlé Waters Direct. Jim Golby, of Merck Serono, won the small fleet category with Nick Purkis, of Pickfords, highly commended, reversing the order at the Fleet News Awards in March.

Fleet Service Provider of the Year was awarded to Fleet Support Group and Citroën won the manufacturer award for the second year running.

The Academy Graduate of the Year in Company Driver Safety was Arval fleet manager Tracey Young.

  • The team from small fleets Driver Safety Award winner nkl automotive celebrate their success

  • For a list of winners click here.
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