Brake has two aims - preventing road crashes through education and campaigns, and supporting people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes. Brake founded and runs “Road Safety Week” as an annual event to stimulate community involvement in promoting road safety awareness year-round.
CitySprint, which has a long standing relationship with Brake and promotes road safety on an ongoing basis, has a fleet of over 1600 couriers across the UK who are out on the road at all times and as such recognises that it has a responsibility to ensure the safety of those couriers while they are making deliveries.
CitySprint is not only committed to the safety of its couriers but also to the safety of its clients and the general public. As testament to this, CitySprint has implemented a comprehensive road safety programme which which encompasses a range of activities and initiatives and is continually reviewed and updated. The programme ensures that CitySprint’s fleet is managed in the safest way possible and that the most effective road safety initiatives are researched, implemented, reviewed and updated in order to ensure the safety of its couriers, clients and the general public at all times.
CitySprint’s road safety programme has been integrated with the management of general health and safety practices - the implementation of these additional road safety activities on top of compulsory key duties such as undertaking risk assessments and having in place health and safety management systems, clearly demonstrates its commitment to road safety.
Key features of CitySprint’s road safety programme include:
- BRAKE ‘Pledge to drive safely’ – CitySprint advocates the safe and sensible use of the road and adheres to the 12-point ‘Pledge to drive safely’ set out by Brake to encourage people to drive more safely thereby saving lives on the road.
- Regular vehicle checks by the fleet department to ensure quality and safety is maintained. Couriers are also asked to perform daily vehicle safety checks.
- Vehicle usage and operating times for couriers are in line with health and safety requirements and monitored daily.
- CitySprint seeks to attract and retain the highest quality couriers. Selection criteria includes identity confirmation, full employment history and regular driving licence checks.
- Training - All CitySprint couriers are fully trained and issued with a Courier Information Booklet which highlights Health & Safety and road legislation.
Innovative iFleet technology enables CitySprint to maintain accurate records vital to delivering a safe and high quality service for clients. An automatic reminder system informs all couriers about impending insurance or MOT expiry as well as tracking their training records.
Simon Kemplen, CitySprint’s operations director – London, explains “We are committed to protecting the safety of our couriers, clients and the general public. For our couriers the road is their office, they are heavy road users and come into contact with a large number of other drivers. Road safety is, and always has, been of paramount importance to CitySprint and we do everything we can to keep up to date with the latest developments and initiatives in road safety and we continually monitor, review and update our road safety programme to ensure best practice fleet safety at all times”.