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Fleet managers urged to book tickets for Conference, in UN Global Road Safety Week

reveals teachers are deeply concerned about pupils’ ability to walk or cycle to school safely. So much so that more than three in four (77%) feel compelled to actively campaign to make local roads safer for kids.

Nine in ten schools (92%) think local roads need to be made safer for children to walk and cycle and eight in 10 (81%) want 20mph limits around the school and on routes connecting the school with local homes. Only one in 10 schools (12%) say they already have 20mph limits.

The conference, sponsored by Aviva, will provide an opportunity to hear from a range of academic and practitioner speakers on key fleet safety issues, as well as best practice examples from organisations. Programme highlights include:

Dr Will Murray, Research Director, Interactive Driving Systems and Phillip Darby, PhD student, Loughborough University (retired Lecturer in Statistics, Napier University) on "the influence of managers on fleet vehicle crashes: an application of mixed, multi-level models". Dr Murray and Mr Darby will demonstrate the importance of managers to the success of fleet safety policies, and suggest ways to improve fleet safety through interventions at the higher levels of an organisation.

Neil Shaw, Fleet Training Manager at Ocado, on "successes and stumbling blocks: implementing in-vehicle technology". Mr Shaw will discuss how Ocado overcame barriers to implementing in-vehicle technology to win a Brake fleet safety award in 2012.

Other confirmed conference speakers include: Joseph Giocomin, Director of the Human Centred Design Institute at Brunel University; Dr Lisa Dorn, Reader in Driver Behaviour and Director of the Driving Research Group, Cranfield University; and Rory Morgan, National Logistics General Manager, Iron Mountain. Themes to be covered include:

Using technology to improve fleet safety

Community engagement and fleet safety

Effective partnership working

Attendance at the conference costs £185 +VAT for Brake subscribers, and £315 +VAT for non-subscribers.

Packages for both the conference and awards, including accommodation cost £380 +VAT for Brake subscribers, and £490 +VAT for non-subscribers. Please note, accommodation space is limited, and early booking of hotel rooms is advised.

The full package without accommodation costs £275 +VAT for Brake subscribers, and £385 +VAT for non-subscribers. Full details of costs for individual elements of the event are available online at www.fleetsafetyawards.com.

Visit the event website, www.fleetsafetyawards.com, where you can book tickets for both conference and awards online. Or contact Brake on 01484 559909 or admin@brake.org.ukfor more information.

To see a full list of last year’s Award winners, visit www.fleetsafetyforum.org and click on ‘Awards’ (editors can click here).

During UN Global Road Safety Week, Brake, alongside a GO 20 coalition of 11 charities, is calling for the following steps to enable children to walk or cycle without fear or threat from fast traffic:

the government to work towards 20mph being the norm in all our communities; more local authorities to implement 20mph limits across towns, cities and villages, alongside other measures like safe pavements, paths and crossings; drivers to pledge to GO 20 or below around homes, schools and shops.

Roslyn Cumming, professional engagement manager at Brake, says: "It’s clearly unacceptable that children should be prevented from walking and cycling where they live – and we’ve all got a responsibility to help keep them safe. So Global Road Safety Week is a great time for fleets to consider their community impact and book tickets to the Fleet Safety Conference. It is a superb opportunity for operators and suppliers to gain valuable insights into saving costs and preventing casualties through best practice. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this stand-out event."

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