Brake pub­lishes es­sen­tial guid­ance on man­ag­ing young at-work driv­ers

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Brake, the road safety char­ity has pub­lished a cru­cial guid­ance re­port for fleet man­agers and HR pro­fes­sion­als, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Fleet­mas­ter. ‘man­ag­ing young at-work driv­ers’ is es­sen­tial read­ing for all pro­fes­sion­als with re­spon­si­bil­ity for man­ag­ing em­ploy­ees aged 17-24 who drive for work. “Driv­ing for work is as­so­ci­ated with higher risk for driv­ers of any age but this risk in­creases sig­nif­i­cantly for those aged 17-24,” says Caro­line Perry, Brake’s New Zealand direc­tor. The re­port out­lines the main rea­sons why young driv­ers are at higher risk of be­ing in­volved in a crash than other driv­ers. It rec­om­mends prac­ti­cal mea­sures that or­gan­i­sa­tions can put in place to re­duce that risk. In­dus­try ex­am­ples and case stud­ies are also in­cluded. “Em­ploy­ers need to be ac­tively en­gag­ing with their young driv­ers and im­ple­ment­ing ro­bust mea­sures to help re­duce their risk of be­ing in­volved in a crash. This guid­ance re­port is a valu­able re­source for any pro­fes­sional man­ag­ing young driv­ers.” The re­port is one of a se­ries pro­duced by Brake, which aim to help fleet man­agers re­duce their road risk. “Fleet­mas­ter is de­lighted to be in its eight year of sup­port­ing Brake with the great work they achieve. This guid­ance re­port is an ex­cel­lent tool to help em­ploy­ers un­der­stand the risk young driv­ers im­pose on their busi­ness,” says John Boocock, train­ing direc­tor at Fleet­mas­ter. “To this end, we op­er­ate a rig­or­ous driv­ing scheme for our young driv­ers and are com­mit­ted to work­ing with young driv­ers (in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal) to help them use the roads as safely as pos­si­ble.” The re­port also de­tails how im­ple­ment­ing key mea­sures such as train­ing in ba­sic ve­hi­cle main­te­nance, and mon­i­tor­ing of driver be­hav­iour, can help or­gan­i­sa­tions to tackle road risk. It is an es­sen­tial piece of guid­ance for any com­pany work­ing to re­duce the risk for young em­ploy­ees who drive on work pur­poses. The re­port is avail­able free of charge to all Brake Pro­fes­sional mem­bers through www. brake­pro.org. Non-mem­bers can or­der the re­source from the Brake shop.

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