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Zero tolerance 'key to success'

A leading fleet manager will provide the industry a unique chance to hear his personal experience of successfully handling a police investigation following a fatality involving a driver.

The presentation, to take place at the Risk in Fleet conference, at the National Motorcycle Museum on April 22, reveals the behind the scenes efforts that can keep fleets safe from prosecution when the worst happens.

Freddie Watts, fleet manager of Office Depot will provide a review of his experiences in handling the aftermath of a fatal accident when one of his drivers crashed.

The driver became the first in the UK charged with causing death by dangerous driving while using a mobile phone and in 2004.

The employee was jailed for three years.

Part of the investigation looks at the firm’s fleet policy and particularly its approach to mobile phone use.

The court heard that the company had a strict policy outlawing the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving.

It also fitted vehicles with hands-free kits, but on the day of the accident, the driver was in a different vehicle without a kit available.

Following the case, the heads of several major companies sought legal advice to ensure their approach to fleet safety was watertight.

Watts’ presentation is one of a number of expert case studies at the conference that are designed to help fleet operators respond to the new Corporate Manslaughter Act.






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