Brake has released a resource pack aimed at helping SMEs improve the safety of staff who drive for work, to prevent crashes and cut costs.
The resources are specifically designed for SMEs with less experience in, and resourcing for, road risk management, as well as for larger businesses and associations to help suppliers, contractors and members implement road safety measures.
The pack is published through Brake Professional with the support of the Department for Transport.
With 30% of deaths on our roads involving vehicles being driven for work, road safety at work also has a huge human impact.
Brake’s resource pack is designed for use by SMEs, or larger companies and trade associations to encourage road safety among their SME partners, members and contractors.
This resource pack is available for free for everyone who fills in a form at brakepro.org/roadrisksmes.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: “Making sure that staff driving on work time are safe can deliver significant business benefits, including reduced insurance premiums and improved reputation. Driving is the riskiest thing many people do at work, and at-work crashes, bumps and scrapes may be companies’ biggest unpredictable cost, so it’s vital for businesses of any size to manage this risk.
"It can be daunting for smaller organisations to put in place effective fleet safety practices, but these resources make clear the business case for doing so, and simple steps you can take.
"They also direct to further useful tools available from Brake and other agencies. I would urge all small businesses with employees who drive for work to use these resources to drive down road risk, saving money and lives. I’d also encourage larger organisations to make use of this excellent pack to share best practice among suppliers, contacts and contractors.”