WITH twenty per cent of work related road casualties involving drivers under 25, road safety experts are launching a new scheme to tackle the problem
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership are offering free workshops for young drivers in their own workplace to help them understand the different challenges they face when driving for work.
Employers can host their own workshops, delivered by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership Officers to 8-15 young drivers per half-day workshop, and have them tailored to their own business needs.
In research conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA, 2009), three-quarters of employers said their young drivers were driving in situations not covered by the current learner test.
The researchers also found more than two-thirds of young employees are driving vehicles at work which they were not trained or tested on when learning to drive.
Matt Staton, Road Safety Officer for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “It is a sad statistic that so many drivers under the age of 25 are injured driving in work related incidents. Employers have a duty to ensure their employees have the right to use their work based equipment – this includes vehicles. Our half-day workshops address the young driver’s attitudes towards driving for work, as well as practical skills such as journey planning and the safe carriage of goods. We hope they will bring down what are often avoidable incidents.”
For more information, or to book a free workshop, please contact the Road Safety Team on 01223-699346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org