Fleet safety recognised in Government awards

10.37 | 25 February 2011 |

Calderdale Council has won the Public Safety Award for its road safety initiatives in this year’s Government Business Awards (Driving for Better Business).

The council runs a diverse fleet of 214 vehicles and more than 1,600 employees drive their own cars for business purposes.

In recent years the council has upgraded and implemented a new driving at work policy to ensure the safety of its workforce who drive on business, and the safety of the public who use services, such as community buses and mobile libraries driven by council employees.

Superintendent David Short, the council’s road safety project manager, said: “I was very proud to receive the award on behalf of Calderdale Council which is the culmination of a team effort involving everyone in the authority, ensuring the work force and the community are safe and in good hands.”

Gateshead Council also won the Environmental Transport Award for its electric vehicle procurement.

Gateshead Council has become one of the biggest investors in electric vehicle technology by adding 10 electric vans to its fleet through the Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement Programme.

Click here to read the full Driving for Better Business report.


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