Road Safety Week is the biggest annual road safety event in the UK which is organised by the road safety charity ‘Brake’. This year we are raising awareness and encouraging everyone to be Bike Smart.
Cyclists and motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in the UK, with more than 100 riders injured every day in preventable crashes. It is reported that more than a third of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads are those travelling by bike; this is a statistic that drastically needs to change.
We can all play our part in raising awareness and making the roads safer for everyone. Drivers can learn to be Bike Smart by looking out for those on two wheels, driving safely and slowly and giving bike riders plenty of space. In turn, cyclists and motorcyclists can also be Bike Smart through safe riding behaviours and appropriate training and equipment.
Road Safety is a daily consideration
Road safety plays a very big part in our industry. Our entire team use cars and vans to get to and from work, it is important that we are reminded of the dangers we and others face on the road. Safety, after all, is our number one priority, and Road Safety Week reinforces this commitment.
With traffic management systems being used whilst our site teams are carrying out surveys, the Catsurveys staff are suitably trained and well versed on the risks and dangers of working on the road. It is for this reason that our teams carry out a detailed risk assessment prior to starting operation and report near misses whenever and if they ever occur.
Making the roads safer for every commuter
It’s important that we all do our part by being responsible and considerate for everyone that we share the road with. Through education and awareness, you can help to make roads safer for the people who are most at risk of getting hurt. Over the last 20 years UK motorcycle ownership has risen by almost 60% which equates to more than 1.2 million motorcycles, scooters and mopeds on the roads.
Although Highways England promotes motorcycle travel as having major benefits for reducing congestion and improving the quality of air, motorcyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users and are disproportionately involved in crashes. Raising awareness of safe driving behaviour for riders and drivers alike, and therefore limiting the number and severity of motorcycle crashes, is critical to saving lives on UK roads.
Doing our part with Van Excellence
Safety is an integral part of every decision that we make at Catsurveys and by doing so ensures that a positive health and safety culture is maintained. Van Excellence, along with its guidance, is a great platform for us to enhance our operational standards and increase safety for our drivers and other road users.
Catsurveys proudly hold both the Van Excellence and TfL Accreditation’s together. These accreditations have improved our work-related driving procedures and policies and provide a safer working environment for all our team with the implementation of additional policies.
We first achieved Van Excellence Accreditation in 2014, and benefits were seen immediately. These included drastically reduced RTC’s from the guidance and training received, reduced insurance claims, better renewal rates along with minimised off the road time. Our drivers are now better trained, vehicles are well maintained, and our business is reaping the benefits.
We would encourage all fleets to review the Van Excellence guidance and become accredited. It has been beneficial for our team and business, and we are proud to be able to provide the safest possible environment for our team and other road users.
Interested in learning more about Road Safety Week? Visit their website by clicking here, and let us know on our social media accounts how you will be raising awareness and supporting the initiative!