Let‘s Talk Fleet Risk

Driving for Better Business

A podcast for those who manage drivers and their vehicles, and want to reduce road risk in their organisation. drivingforbetterbusiness.com
Driver wellbeing: How reward breeds successNHS Hospital transport: a gigantic challenge
My guest in this episode is David Malone who is the Transport and Travel Advisor for The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His responsibilities include setting and implementing the strategic direction for all hospital managed transport as well as all delivery transport movements to and from site. This includes not just fleet vehicles, vans, pool cars and grey fleet but also car parking, park and ride, passenger transport services, taxis and couriers. David also chairs two Best Practice Groups for the NHS National Performance Advisory Group - one for Transport and Logistics, and the second for car parking, sustainable transport and active travel policy. In this podcast I’m going to be talking to David about how he manages such a wide range of transport activities including a grey fleet of almost five thousand and the challenges of driver communication with such a large workforce. We discuss the challenges around ensuring outsourced transport providers meet their legal obligations to manage road risk, and we look at how the Trust’s transport activities will need to develop in the future to meet their zero-carbon ambitions.   https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/podcast/nhs-hospital-managed-transport-the-challenges/   Links Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals declare climate emergency https://www.newcastle-hospitals.nhs.uk/about/ambitions/climate-emergency/ DfBB resources for Grey Fleet https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/resources/search-results/?section=312&category=Grey%20Fleet
Oct 9 2021
25 mins
Driver Distraction: An inconvenient truth
In this episode of Let’s Talk Fleet Risk, Simon Turner discusses the thorny issue of driver distraction with Dr Gemma Briggs from the Open University. Gemma is an applied cognitive psychologist who has been researching driver inattention for over 15 years. She has lectured and written extensively on the attentional and perceptual issues caused by phone use when driving and has worked closely with several road safety charities to promote and share research findings. Gemma and Simon discuss why a driver on the phone will suffer from 'inattention blindness' What does the science say about our ability to multitask and take a call whilst driving They look at the shared responsibility between employers and drivers, and their social responsibility to other road users, and discuss how management can often undermine the whole process. Finally they look at some of the free resources that are available to help employers and drivers to understand and combat distracted driving   https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/podcast/driver-distraction-the-inconvenient-truth/   Resources Driving for Better Business Resources on driver distraction and using mobile phones while driving Search Results - Driving for Better Business   Driving change website: https://drivingchange.webflow.io/   Can you count the cars challenge:  https://youtu.be/XRXdmmTk32I   The mobile office challenge: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/psychology/are-you-driven-distraction   Video on distracted driving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzYAOOyVp7w&list=PLiUzMkrWK6CuyHzDV2ShdYEQgBYNC1N3B&index=2&t=8s this was linked to a brainteaser task (see attached) where people are asked to rate the behaviours in order of danger when driving.   The Inconvenient Truth About Mobile Phone Distraction: Understanding the Means, Motive and Opportunity for Driver Resistance to Legal and Safety Messages: https://academic.oup.com/bjc/advance-article/doi/10.1093/bjc/azab038/6262317?login=true
Sep 9 2021
31 mins
Van Drivers & Operators: who’s aware?
Simon Turner is joined in this podcast by Mark Cartwright from Highways England. Mark was previously at the Freight Transport Association where he was head of vans and light commercial vehicles, and was the brains behind the van excellence programme. He now brings over 30 years of experience to Highways England as head of their Commercial Vehicle Incident Prevention Team. In this podcast I talk to Mark about the lack of awareness among some van drivers and operators of their obligations – specifically around issues like overloading and vehicle maintenance. We discuss why some van operators seem to think the rules don’t apply to them and various ways they and their drivers can get caught out. We talk about the new resources that Mark’s team have developed in collaboration with DfBB to tackle driver wellbeing and driver communication challenges. And finally we talk about the new Euro NCAP van safety ratings and why van operators should be demanding safer vehicles for their drivers.   https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/podcast/van-drivers-and-van-operators-training-resources/   Links: Highways England resources for commercial vehicle operators and drivers https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/resources/search-results/?category=CVIP DfBB Resources: Loading and load security https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/resources/search-results/?section=325&category=Load%20Security CALM Driver https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/calmdriver/ DfBB Van Driver Toolkit https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/van-driver-toolkit/ Euro NCAP Van Safety Ratings https://www.drivingforbetterbusiness.com/articles/how-safe-are-your-vans/ https://www.euroncap.com/en/vehicle-safety/safety-campaigns/2021-commercial-van-safety/
Aug 9 2021
33 mins