UKGRS Launch E-Learning ‘Online 120′ Offer

 UK Global Road Safety E-Learning 'Online 120' OfferUKGRS launch the Driver Risk Mitigation Online 120 offer

With a great return on investment this online 120 package covers all your driver assessment and training needs for a three year period.

With no set up or administration costs the Online 120 is a one off, all inclusive fee per driver of £120 (this equates to only £40 per driver per year).

In year one all participants are assessed and presented with E-Learning mitigation training modules.

Year two focuses on fuel efficient driver training with a dedicated E-Learning ECO programme.

In year three drivers move onto advanced driver training with a suite of six training modules designed at maintaining crash and injury reduction.

Programme benefits

  • Clients have routinely seen a 30 – 40% reduction in crashes

  • Reduces fleets fuel and running costs

  • Helps reduce driver stress and fatigue
  • All-inclusive price

  • Covers your HSE obligations to your drivers

  • Monthly reports

  • Each driver receives a certificate of completion

  • Provides an auditable trail

  • Complimentary family logon with all primary driver logons

*Due to the modular nature of the online programme both drivers and any other aspect of the programme suite may be added upon request.

*Additional fees may apply

Please call us on +44 (0) 1452 346283 to discuss this offer or any other aspect of our road safety services.

Uganda puts pedestrian and cyclist safety first in drive to improve its roads

MDG : Road safety in Uganda : traffic in KampalaSub-Saharan Africa is the most dangerous place in the world to travel by foot. Pedestrians account for 22% (pdf) of road fatalities worldwide; in Africa, this proportion rises to 38%. But these most vulnerable road users are easy for government officials to overlook. Only about a third of low- and middle-income countries have policies that protect pedestrians.

Such statistics have served as a wake-up call in Africa, a continent that struggles with traffic congestion, air pollution and limited access to transport. In Uganda, Kenya and a handful of other countries, officials are developing laws and guidelines to keep pedestrians safe. But policies alone are not enough – any legislation needs to be implemented and enforced.

Pedestrian safety is a major concern in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. The government has made real progress in this area. In 2012, it drafted a policy, which has since been made law, to protect pedestrians and cyclists.

The policy reinforces the idea that the government is responsible for providing high-quality infrastructure – pavements, cycle lanes and the like – to serve the country’s non-motorised transport (NMT) users. It sets out standards to ensure that elderly people, those with disabilities and pedestrians with small children can use roads and pavements safely.

But infrastructure alone cannot reduce pedestrian deaths. People will have to change their behaviour on the roads, which is why educating the public is so important, as Uganda’s new policy recognises.

The law calls for primary schools, media outlets and NGOs to support the government’s efforts to keep pedestrians safe. In conjunction with the transport ministry, the First African Bicycle Information Organisationorganised Kampala’s third annual car-free day last December. Such events will be critical to ensuring the new policy’s success.

Implementing a non-motorised transport policy is no easy task, however. It requires co-ordination across many branches of government, including departments responsible for transport, health and security. Law-enforcement authorities must understand the importance of the issue and the need to support it. Local government officials must also buy into the policy, since they are often responsible for the quality of traffic infrastructure.

Despite such challenges, Uganda stands to gain much from the policy, which will be implemented by the summer of 2014. By enabling people to walk and cycle safely, the government can improve air quality as well as access to schools, health facilities and other critical services, promoting social and economic development across the country.

The UN environment programme (Unep) has worked hard to promote the safety of pedestrians and cyclists throughout Africa. Our Share the Road initiative, which focuses on east Africa, has encouraged countries to pay more attention to non-motorised transport. In Uganda, Unep has worked closely with the government to help to design its NMT policy, enhance public awareness and develop pilot projects to improve pedestrian safety.

Uganda is an African pioneer in prioritising the safety of pedestrians and cyclists; other countries would do well to follow its example. But, crucially, Uganda and other countries need international support as they design and implement new policies to keep pedestrians safe.

Rob de Jong is head of the transport unit at Unep

Read full story…http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/mar/19/uganda-pedestrian-cyclist-safety-improve-roads

Adults text while driving more than teens, survey finds

Teens have been unfairly bashed for texting while driving.

TextingApparently adult drivers practice the dangerous and distracting habit more, a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey reports. Adult drivers ages 25 to 39 are more prone to admit that they text and drive.

AAA’s Midwest Traveler reports that the foundation collected data as part of the 2013 Traffic Safety Culture Index from a sample of 2,325 licensed drivers ages 16 and older. Two out of three motorists reported using a cellphone while driving in the last month.

More than 40 percent of adults ages 25 to 39 reported using a cellphone while driving fairly often or regularly compared with only 20 percent of teenagers. Drivers age 60 and up were the least likely to report using a cellphone.

“More than one in four motorists reported sending a text or email while driving within the last month,” the magazine reports. “Adults ages 25 to 39 reported texting and driving most frequently, while those age 60 and up reported doing it the least.

“The study also found that 88 percent of motorists believe distracted driving is a bigger problem now than it was three years ago. About 89 percent believe that other drivers talking on a cellphone while driving is a serious threat to their personal safety, while nearly all (96 percent) believe that others texting or emailing behind the wheel is a serious threat.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a 10th of the fatal crashes involve distractions, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths a year.

The survey should prompt more states legislatures to toughen laws to include adults in banning cellphone and texting while driving along with stiffer penalties

 

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Preston building firm sentenced after worker dies in reversing van incident

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined a Preston-based building firm £130,000 over the death of a worker who was struck by a reversing van.

HSE Driving for Work

A Preston-based building firm has been fined £130,000 over the death of a worker outside a cinema in Ashton-on-Ribble.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted EMC Contracts Ltd after father-of-one Carl Green was struck by a reversing van in a paved area outside the entrance to the Odeon Cinema on 27 July 2010.

The 45-year-old painter from Chorley had been working on a project to fit out a new coffee shop in the cinema when the incident happened. He died from his injuries on the way to hospital

During an eight-day-trial, Preston Crown Court was told EMC Contracts had been hired for a five-week project to fit a coffee shop in the foyer area of the cinema, on Port Way in Ashton-on-Ribble.

One of EMC’s employees had unloaded his van of construction materials and was reversing it to park up outside the cinema when it struck Mr Green, who was crossing behind it.

An HSE investigation found the company did not have any control measures in place to keep vehicles involved in the construction work away from pedestrians outside the cinema. As a result, both workers and members of the public had been put in danger.

The company had written a method statement for the work, which identified the risk of pedestrians being injured by vehicles as a main hazard. However, they failed to state what measures should be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk.

Emma Prescott, the mother of Mr Green’s daughter, Morgan, said:

“Our daughter was seven when Carl lost his life, and it continues to have a huge effect on her. Fathers’ Day, Christmas and Carl’s birthday are very difficult times.

“She should be doing all the lovely things children do with their dads but she can’t. Both our lives have been turned upside down and they will never be the same again.”

EMC Contracts Ltd, which has been put into voluntary liquidation, was found guilty of two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company, of Faraday Court in Fulwood, was fined £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,790 in prosecution costs on 5 March 2014.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Susan Ritchie said:

“Carl Green tragically lost his life because the company that employed him didn’t fulfil its responsibilities to ensure his health and safety.

“The work at the cinema was carried out during the school holidays – at a time when children and their parents would have been watching the summer blockbusters.

“Despite this, EMC did not take any action to ensure its vehicles operated safely on the paved area in front of the cinema, therefore putting members of the public and its own employees in danger.

“There were numerous measures the company could have implemented to either eliminate or reduce the risk of collision, such as prohibiting vehicles from reversing or avoiding using its vehicles outside the cinema entrance altogether.

“These measures could have been implemented with little cost but the company still failed to act. As a result, a man lost his life.”

Information on how to prevent injuries involving workplace transport is available at www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport.

Full article…http://press.hse.gov.uk/2014/preston-building-firm-sentenced-over-cinema-death/?eban=govdel-press-release&cr=06-Mar-2014

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Europe’s Road Deaths 2008 – 2013

TISPOL’s aim is to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Europe’s roads. Below is a chart detailing road fatalities from TISPOL member countries across Europe from 2008 -2012. Significant reductions can be seen. Please see the following link to the European Mobility and Transport Road Safety website. http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/index_en.htm

2008 2009 2010  2011 2012 2013 Population (Million)
Austria  679  633   552   523   531  453 (preliminary) 8.35
Belgium  944  944   840   852   767  720 11
Bulgaria 1061  901   776   657   602 8
Croatia  664  548  426  418  393  368 4.2
Cyprus   82   71    60    71    51    44 0.8
Czech Republic 1076  901   802   772   742  583 (preliminary) 10.5
Denmark  406  303   255   220   167  192 (preliminary) 5.5
Estonia  132  98    79  101    87   81 1.4
Finland  344  279   272   292   260  258 (preliminary) 5.3
France 4275 4273  3992 3963 3653  3250 62.5
Germany 4477 4152  3648  4009 3600  3340 (preliminary) 82
Greece 1555 1456  1258 1141 1027  803 11
Hungary  996  822   740   638   606  591 10
Ireland  280  238   212   186   162  190 (preliminary) 4.5
Italy 4731 4237  4090 3860 3663  1616 (preliminary) 58
Latvia  316  254   218   179   177 2.2
Lithuania  499  370   299   296   301 3.4
Luxembourg   35   48    32     33     34    45 0.5
Netherlands  677  644   537   546  566 17
Malta  15  21  15     21    11    18 0.4
Norway  256  212   210   168   148   190 4.8
Portugal  885  840   937   891   720   504 (preliminary) 10
Poland 5437 4572  3908 4189  3571  3357 38.5
Romania 3061 2796  2377 2018  2042 21.8
Slovakia  622  380  371   324   296   225 5.3
Slovenia  214  171   138   141   122   116 2
Spain 3100 2714  2479 2060  1903 41
Sweden  397  358   266   319   285   264 9
Switzerland  357  312   327   320   339 7
UK 2645  2337  1905 1960 1802  1730 (Jan – Sept) 61
Serbia (Observer Status) 905 810   656   731  686 7

A global overview of the impact of the motor vehicle… http://www.uk-global-roadsafety.com/cost-of-road-traffic-crashes.php

 

Seatbelt enforcement operation continues this week across Europe

Seatbelt enforcement operation continues this week across Europe

SeatBeltPolice officers across Europe will be warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing seatbelts. Vehicle occupants who do not wear their seatbelt will be issued with a penalty. The action is part of a TISPOL operation taking place throughout this week.

TISPOL President Koen Ricour says:  “Using a seatbelt is a quick and simple task; it’s also a very effective way of reducing the consequences of a collision. That’s why wearing a seatbelt is not a matter of personal choice, but is compulsory for drivers and passengers in every European country.”

During a similar week-long operation in March 2013, 104,838 people were detected not wearing a seatbelt. Of these, 3,245 related to children not wearing seatbelts or other safety restraints.

 

Read More…http://tispol.cmail3.com/t/ViewEmail/j/950F8091479B4322/85F2845BE5237121F6A1C87C670A6B9F

UK Road Safety week 2014

imagesUK Road Safety Week 2014 will take place 9th to 15th June 2014.

The week is being coordinated by CFOA in partnership with key road safety stakeholders and the theme is ‘Be safe out there’ which is intended to give stakeholders sufficient flexibility to deliver a range of themed events based on national or local trends.

The week coincides with Brake’s annual Walking Bus event for primary schools which is taking place on Wednesday 11 June.

Martin Dowle, vice chair of the CFOA Road Safety Executive Board, said: “We are encouraging each partner to be responsible for their own campaign, including marketing and evaluation. This will allow each road safety organisation to deploy best practice as they have done over a number of years.

“This national event gives us an opportunity to deliver something really positive across the UK with regard to road safety.”

For more information about UK Road Safety Week 2014 contact Rebecca Wallis (018270302313) or Katie Cornhill (07918 887857) at CFOA.

 

Poland releases preliminary road safety results for 2013

Poland4,5% fewer accidents, almost 8% fewer fatalities, a 5% decrease in injuries and a 5% reduction in drink-drivers – these are initial figures In the area of road safety In Poland last year. This optimistic statistics confirmed that police action are effective and leads to reduce traffic events and their consequences.

Fewer accidents and injuries

If we compare the statistics from 2013 with those from 2012 and 2011, we can observe a visible decrease in the number of road accidents, injuries and fatalities. Last year there were 35,385 traffic accidents, 1,681 fewer than in 2012 when there were 37,046 and in 2011 when there were 40,065).

In 2013 the number of deaths was 3,291, a drop of 280 persons compared with 2012. The number of injuries fell to 43,471 persons, which is 2,321 fewer than in 2012.

If we look back to 1991, we see that there were more than 54,000 traffic accidents reported, in which almost 8,000 people died. Police actions directed toward the improvement of road safety are effective, so today those figures are smaller.

“Battle” with drink drivers

Removing drink-drivers from the road is one of the most important priorities among police operations. During last four years the number of controlled drivers increased four-fold; in 2013 there were 8,879,522 breath tests carried out. During 2013, police officers stopped 162,090 drivers over the alcohol limit. In 2011 this figure was 183,488, and in 2012 it was 171,020 drivers.

Reinforcement of traffic division in Polish Police

The Chief of Polish Police took the decision to increase the number of traffic police officers so that they would comprise 10% of all police numbers. The next step is to fill the vacancies, which in turn increases the number of traffic officers to 9,100. This will lead to the highest number of traffic officers on the Polish roads. The improvement of road safety is assisted by buying new equipment for these officers. Last year, traffic divisions were equipped with new unmarked vehicles with video recorders, which are very efficient in dealing with speeding drivers.

Read…https://www.tispol.org/news/articles/poland-releases-preliminary-road-safety-results-2013

Health experts urge MPs to back car smoking ban

Smoking

More than 700 doctors and other health experts have put their names to a letter urging MPs to back a ban in England on smoking in cars with children present.

The issue is due to be voted on in Parliament on Monday.

The signatories to the letter in the British Medical Journal say the move is needed “to protect the well-being of children now and in the future”.

They include nurses, doctors and surgeons working across the NHS.

The letter argues that second-hand smoke exposure is a “major cause of ill-health in children”, particularly among the most disadvantaged groups.

It says smoking in cars exposes children to particularly “high amounts of tobacco smoke” and there is now a consensus that children should be protected from such unnecessary hazards.

It also says there are precedents to a ban, including laws to require people to wear seatbelts and, more recently, the ban on mobile phones while driving.

The signatories have been co-ordinated by Dr Nicholas Hopkinson, from Imperial College London, who is chairman of the British Thoracic Society’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease specialist advisory group.

He said: “This letter issues a powerful statement from the medical professionals of this country – the people who, every day, are treating illnesses brought on by second-hand smoke in children – about the rights of children to breathe clean air that won’t make them sick.

Read More…http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26074476

 

‘Work schedules’ blamed by 37% of speeding drivers

untitledAccording to Fleet News a recent survey of motorists in Britain, France, Germany and Spain conducted by Mix Telematics has revealed that 63% of all drivers admit to speeding while driving for work, with more than a third (34%) admitting they speed every week.

When asked why they do it, the most common responses were keeping up with traffic flow (53%) and pressure to meet schedules (37%).

In terms of where drivers speed, more than 40% of all drivers who admit to speeding while driving for work said they do so on motorways, main roads and in urban areas.

There were, however, some significant differences among these drivers, with drivers in Britain saying they are most likely to speed on motorways (63%), drivers in Germany on main inter-urban roads and drivers in France and Spain reporting that the likelihood of them speeding is approximately equal regardless of the type of road upon which they are travelling.

Overall, drivers surveyed believe there’s only a small chance of serious consequences for exceeding the speed limit. Should there be a consequence, drivers reported that being stopped by the police is the most likely.

Across the four countries, causing harm to others and causing harm to myself were rated at just 14% and 13% respectively, slightly behind ‘losing my driving licence’, which scored 16%.

In terms of drivers being fined for exceeding the speed limit over the past 12 months, truck drivers led the way with 17% receiving penalties, compared to 14% of van drivers, 12% of bus and coach drivers and 9% of passenger vehicle drivers.  In most cases, the driver was far more likely to pay the fine than his or her employer, the only exception being bus and coach drivers where the split was 50/50.

UKGRS can provide an online training programme dedicated for drivers that have received point for speeding, along with a comprehensive e-learning driver assessment and training programme, for details please contact jane.sneddon@ukgrs.com

 

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