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Fleet Financial puts driver safety first with launch of Occupational Road Risk solution

 Fleet Financial, Northern Ireland’s leader in the procurement and management of company vehicles, has launched a new product which will help to ensure that business-owners and managers are protected in the face of road risk legislation.

 According to the Department for Transport, more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve someone who is driving as part of their work at the time.

 In its mission to simplify the process for owners and drivers, Fleet Financial has partnered with road risk experts, Business Compliance Solutions, who have developed an Occupational Road Risk (ORR) system, supported by software company, AuditComply.

 Their innovative and empowering new online tool enables businesses to identify employees who use a vehicle as part of their work and manage associated risks. This includes both company-owned vehicles and ‘grey fleet’ - those drivers who may use their own vehicle for work purpose, even for one-off journeys.

 Although under health and safety law, employers have a clear duty of care to manage driving risk in the same way they manage other health and safety risks, not everyone is compliant – or as compliant as they believe themselves to be.

 Fleet Financial Sales Manager Damian Campbell said:

 “The challenges involved in running a business can be overwhelming – priorities and focus can change quickly and there will always be something that takes a back seat. However, in the area of legal compliance for vehicle and driver management, we’re delighted to be introducing a tech solution that will keep you, your company and staff both safe and legally protected.

 “Surveying businesses across Northern Ireland to listen to their views and to understand their needs, it was clear that while most were aware of their responsibilities, few properly addressed them. Larger fleets were more acutely aware but even these businesses found this a tough area to tackle.”

 Damian said Fleet Financial partnered with Business Compliance Solutions to advance the development of a solution that would accurately fit the needs of companies of any size. The information produced by a user now quickly provides clear guidance and the next steps required to ensure key areas are addressed.

 “We provide a range of bespoke services and products which can be drawn upon at any time. We decided to focus on occupational road risk because there was a need for a simple solution to address this issue. Businesses wanted support to help identify risks and recommend the right action. We’re delighted with how it has been received so far.

 “Not knowing is half of the problem and most of the worry. The online solution is not only pivotal in making things right but in fostering a culture of compliance and road safety which benefits everyone.”

 Damian added: “Organisations have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety. This is a wide-ranging requirement which encourages a common-sense and practical approach.

 “It should be part of the everyday process of managing vehicles associated with your business. By offering Business Compliance’s ORR system developed with AuditComply, we believe we have a cost effective, online solution that helps a business identify who drives with work in any capacity, identifies and analyses risk with recommendations to reduce the risks.”

 Employers have duties under health and safety law for on-the-road work activities. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states you must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while at work. You must also ensure that others are not put at risk by your work-related driving activities. Self-employed people have similar responsibilities.

 For more information, visit www.fleetfinancial.co.uk or phone 028 9084 9777 to arrange a free demonstration.

Pictured (L-R) are Aaron Wright, who owns Business Compliance Solutions Ltd., Kevin Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, AuditComply, and Damian Campbell, Sales Manager, Fleet Financial.

 

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