'Safety is a core value at Speedy’. This statement was made several times in the company’s awards entry and it’s clear from the extent of its market-leading initiatives that these are not empty words or platitudes.
Speedy’s safety strategy is grounded in its own training academy which offers more than 250 courses for internal and external delegates, including almost 50 that are driver and vehicle focused.
They range from vehicle familiarisation and load safety to cycle safety and ADR awareness. It has also introduced e-learning for all drivers, such as safe urban driving and counter-terrorism.
No van driver is allowed on the road until they have completed a half-day load security course, which is refreshed every two years.
An individual driver’s e-learning training plan is designed via Speedy’s risk index profiler.
Meanwhile, any incident is thoroughly investigated, including root-cause analysis, at the weekly post accident review group meeting, which consists of senior management, HR, road risk manager and head of transport.
Drivers are interviewed with supporting evidence from the insurance company, including accident records.
At-fault drivers will then undergo appropriate training, from online risk assessment to classroom or on-road coaching.
Telematics and cameras are deployed in all light commercial vehicles, with weekly depot scorecards and speed reports sent to transport managers for review and action.
The safety policy also takes in the grey fleet. Use of vehicles is strictly limited, but those with permission to use their own cars can have their vehicle spot-checked at any time for roadworthiness and compliance.
All documentation is checked and logged, while a new mileage capture app requires drivers to confirm their car is road legal with no changes to their licence every time they log on.
Speedy doesn’t just prioritise its drivers, it also focuses on members of the public.
Consequently, it is one of the first fleets in the county to address concerns about vulnerable road users by fitting a near-side glass door panel to all new vehicles where the base of the windscreen is two metres above ground level.
Finalists:Altrad Services, Gateshead Council, HTS (Property & Environment), Momentum Instore, Scottish Water
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