Companies have been honoured for working hard to reduce road crashes involving at-work drivers during Brake's Fleet Safety Awards 2014.
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:
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, Kevin 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. Kevin 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."