By John Simpson 18 June 2012
The ceremony, held during a prestigious gala dinner at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday 14 June, attracted more than 240 guests and acknowledged the achievements of those working in the field of road risk management.
Royal Mail was the evening’s most prolific winner, coming away with the prizes for ‘Fleet Safety Analysis and Action’ and ‘Fleet Safety Innovation’.
The latter recognised Royal Mail’s fleet safety programme which has reduced crash rate per vehicle by 24% in two years while their fleet grew by 14% to more than 35,000 vehicles.
Other winners from the Fleet Safety Forum Awards for Excellence were:
This year’s awards spawned entries from almost 70 companies across the 10 categories.
Justin Patterson, Head of Fleet Management at MITIE, said their Eco Fleet Award win highlighted how safety can save money and the environment.
“Our fleet management approach is significantly focused on environmental considerations, with a constant drive to reduce our environmental impact and improve our carbon footprint,” he explained.
“With our strong belief in ‘An economic driver is a safer driver’, the strategy of procuring low emissions vehicles and providing driver awareness tools has seen year on year improvements in reduced emissions, costs and accidents.”
Will Murray from Interactive Driving Systems – winners of the Fleet Safety Partnership Award – commented: “We support and encourage many of our clients and channel partners such as Nestlé, Royal Mail, Pfizer, Iron Mountain and Volker Rail to participate in the Brake awards for a range of reasons, particularly because it encourages good outcomes evaluation, the development of case studies for others to learn from and engages management at all levels.
“We are delighted to have worked in partnership with such excellent organisations to help them develop and sustain long term crash free cultures. We are also delighted to support the excellent work of Brake, both through the awards and assisting with many other projects.”
A statement read: “A former police traffic officer and family liaison officer, Martin is committed to a vision of zero fatalities on UK roads and his work on road safety has ranged from running workshops in schools to influence young driver behaviour through to setting up Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet Services’ driver risk management programme.
“His ‘Drive Survive’ workshops have been attended by more than 20,000 young people and vehicle incidents have halved since his arrival at Balfour Beatty.”
Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive at event organiser Brake, congratulated all the winners “for their work to reduce risk, prevent devastating deaths and injuries, and make our roads safer.”
She added: “We are proud that this important event continues to grow, showing the huge amount of commitment to managing road risk within the industry.
“The awards are all about recognising hard work, innovation and achievement in fleet safety, and they are a valuable way for us to review and share good practice.
“Throughout the coming year, we will be disseminating case studies on our winners through the Fleet Safety Forum, to inspire and assist other organisations to do more to drive down crashes and casualties.”
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