National Highways unveils new national commercial vehicle safety conference

09.08 | 7 December 2022 | |

Local authority RSOs are being asked to encourage colleagues involved with fleet safety to attend a conference covering the key issues commercial fleet operators should focus on to help reduce collisions and casualties.

The free-to-attend conference, titled ‘Commercial Vehicle Safety on the Strategic Road Network’, is being organised by National Highways and will be held at the National Space Centre in Leicester on 16 March 2023.

Click here to book a place at the conference.

Topics to be covered during the day include:

  • Lessons learnt from collision investigation
  • What to do if first on the scene of a collision
  • Driver fatigue, distraction and impairment
  • Mental health issues, and how these can impact on drivers
  • Safety in practice – commercial vehicle operator experiences

While the event will naturally appeal to commercial fleet managers, National Highways is encouraging anyone to attend who is in a position to influence policy with regard to commercial driver safety, including H&S and procurement managers.

Nick Harris, chief executive of National Highways, said: “There is a shared responsibility for safety on our roads between National Highways, operators of commercial vehicles and, importantly, those responsible for the procurement of services involving the use of commercial vehicles.

“This responsibility demands recognition of everyone’s health and safety obligations – driving is a high-risk activity, and that those risks are managed and minimized in the same way as onsite risks.

“Like all health and safety duties, this responsibility extends beyond the industry’s own commercial vehicle operation – every operator should ensure its supply chain, contractors and suppliers are clear of its expectation that they operate safely and legally.”

The agenda is currently under development and should be complete and available for publication in early January 2023.

Click here to book a place at the conference. Alternatively, for more information please contact the conference organiser Nick Rawlings (07824 663659).



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