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Brake honours safety conscious companies at annual Fleet Safety Awards

Friday 6 June 2014

Brake, the road safety charity

 

Companies have been honoured for working hard to reduce road crashes involving at-work drivers during Brake's Fleet Safety Awards 2014.

In celebration of the Awards, Brake is offering a special discount to companies who want to reduce their road risk by joining Brake's Fleet Safety Forum. The Fleet Safety Forum is a low-cost subscription service offering free training, tools, and resources to companies with at-work drivers, to help them in reducing their road risk. Any company that joins the Fleet Safety Forum before Friday 20 June, quoting code fsf-conf-14, will receive a 25% discount on their first year's subscription, find out more below.

The Fleet Safety Forum is a not-for-profit service for fleet managers run by Brake. Subscribers receive: free and discounted access to Brake's professional events; free training in Brake's Pledge to stop dangerous and unnecessary driving; e-bulletins containing the latest initiatives and research in fleet and road safety from across the globe; password access to the Brake Professional website containing guidance for managers and a host of resources for drivers; and posters. Annual subscription costs £155 +VAT. Subscribe at www.brakepro.org, call +44 (0)1484 559909 or email .

Winners were announced at a prestigious gala dinner held yesterday (Thursday 5 June) at St John's Hotel in Solihull, Birmingham. The awards, sponsored by Arval, were attended by nearly 300 guests – the highest attendance rate ever. Generous donations, including silent auction bids and raffle ticket sales, raised more than £8,000 for Brake.

Big winners on the night were MiX Telematics, Ocado, and Travis Perkins who all picked up two awards each. Individual awards went to Ocado fleet training and development manager Neil Shaw (Road Risk Manager of the Year) and Travis Perkins group transport risk manager Rachel Downs (Best Newcomer to Road Risk Management). The prestigious Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety went to AlcoSense founder and CEO Hunter Abbott. More details below.

During the day more than 100 delegates attended Brake's Fleet Safety Conference, sponsored by Aviva, which featured speakers on a range of road safety topics. Manager guidance reports on these topics will be published by Brake over the coming months, and made available for free to conference delegates and Brake subscribers.

Altogether, 112 awards entries were received from more than 40 organisations this year.
The 2014 Fleet Safety Award winners are:

  • Company Driver Safety Award (small fleet), sponsored by Fleetmaster: Castrol Lubricants
  • Company Driver Safety Award (medium fleet), sponsored by Fleetmaster: Ocado Ltd
  • Company Driver Safety Award (large fleet), sponsored by Fleetmaster: Travis Perkins
  • Eco Fleet Award, sponsored by Optimum Fleet: Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services
  • Fleet Safety Analysis and Action Award, sponsored by ARI Fleet UK: E.ON UK
  • Fleet Safety Innovation Award (operator), sponsored by Castrol: Mitie
  • Fleet Safety Innovation Award (supplier), sponsored by Castrol: MiX Telematics
  • Fleet Safety Partnership Award, sponsored by Trimble: BT and Interactive Driving Systems
  • Fleet Safety Product Award, sponsored by QBE: MiX Telematics
  • Road Safety in the Community Award, sponsored by Ocado: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Safe Vehicles Award, sponsored by Road Haulage Association: Speedy Asset Services
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Licence Bureau: Neil Shaw (Ocado Ltd)
  • Best Newcomer to Road Risk Management, sponsored by Specsavers: Rachel Downs (Travis Perkins)
  • Kevin Storey Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety, sponsored by Arriva: Hunter Abbott (AlcoSense)

Spotlight on: Kevin Storey Award winner
This year's Kevin Storey Award for outstanding commitment to road safety went to Hunter Abbott, a long-time Brake supporter who has been instrumental in raising awareness of the deadly risk of drink driving. Since 2007, Hunter has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness about the specific risk of morning-after drink-driving, as well as working with the government on drink-drive education courses to educate convicted drink-drivers on the risks and help ensure they do not reoffend. Hunter has also launched a low-cost consumer breathalyser aimed at warning people when they still have some alcohol in their systems, and advising against driving until completely sober. It's been estimated that tens of thousands of potential morning-after drink-drivers have stayed off the roads due to using these devices.

More information on the awards and conference, including photographs and case studies of other award winners, can be obtained from Ellie Pearson at Brake by emailing .

Ellie Pearson, senior professional engagement officer at Brake, says: "We are delighted to celebrate the great achievements of companies and individuals who are striving to make a real difference in the world of fleet safety. Congratulations to all the award winners and highly commended entrants for their impressive work over the past year."

Tracey Scarr, CSR manager at Arval, says: "Arval is proud to sponsor the Fleet Safety Awards for the seventh consecutive year, and would like to congratulate all of this year's winners and highly commended entries for their fantastic achievements. Road safety is vital to everyone, so it is heartening to see so many companies actively working to make our roads safer."

Notes to editors

Brake
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, a Fleet Safety Forum, practitioner services, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Fleet Safety Forum
The Fleet Safety Forum is a not-for-profit service for fleet managers run by Brake. Subscribers receive: free and discounted access to Brake's professional events; free training in Brake's Pledge to stop dangerous and unnecessary driving; e-bulletins containing the latest initiatives and research in fleet and road safety from across the globe; password access to the Brake Professional website containing guidance for managers and a host of resources for drivers; and posters. Annual subscription costs £155 +VAT. Subscribe at www.brakepro.org, call +44 (0)1484 559909 or email .

Arval UK
Arval UK, part of the Arval Group, is a leader in the provision of vehicle funding and fleet management solutions. Owned by BNP Paribas, with substantial buying power, we have 40 years of industry experience. Focused on service quality, Arval UK is a people-led company, with specialist teams dedicated to businesses from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Arval is investing significantly in technology to improve fleet efficiency and has a comprehensive range of products and services covering funding solutions including contract hire, vehicle maintenance, fuel management, accident management, breakdown recovery, short term hire, full outsourcing and consultancy services.
arval.co.uk

Aviva
As one of the UK's leading motor insurers Aviva continues to value the work which Brake carries out through its Fleet Safety Forum, providing valuable information and support to fleet operators on the challenges they face in today's social and economic climate. Visit www.aviva.co.uk/motor-insurance/