British Gas operates approximately 12,000 vehicles in the UK and is therefore very serious about the safety performance of its fleet and its impact on the wider society in which they operate. In November 2006, the British Gas directors authorised a Five-year Business Case for British Gas's road safety improvement plan to cover all 16,000 of its employees who travel in the course of their employment.
As a business in the public eye, and working at the heart of communities throughout the UK, we are proud of our achievements to date and what we hope to further achieve.
The road safety programmes described below are based on the belief that promoting sound driving practices at work also extends to private driving, which should reduce the chances of employees, family members and people in the local community being injured in vehicle collisions. The programmes include:
* Very detailed fuel monitoring and incident analysis
British Gas will undertake a highly detailed incident analysis to allow all risks to be targeted on the basis of need. The data from this analysis will be built into a Risk Event Management system to provide ongoing permanent visibility on the data.
* Vehicle safety features
Vehicle Safety Features are important to the business who took the decision to restrict all new British Gas vans to a maximum speed of 70 mph. By the end of 2009 all vans will be restricted to 70 mph. It is anticipated that this initiative will positively influence both road safety and fuel consumption, reducing the potential for drivers to be involved in high-speed incidents. All vans will now display a 70 mph maximum speed sticker on the rear doors to advise other road users.
* Young driver safety initiative
The Road Safety program is also important in the context of the wider concerns for young driver road safety in the UK population as a whole because the 1/10 drivers in the UK are under 25 are involved in ¼ of the road fatalities. The British Gas young driver program is designed with this statistic in mind, and was partly inspired the young driver theme for Road Safety Week in 2006. Young apprentices driving a van not long after passing their test in a small vehicle are particularly vulnerable - and have been successfully identified and targeted as such by the British Gas initiative.
* Electronic licence checks
British Gas ensures all employees have the appropriate licence, which are visually checked by a driver trainer, and then verified electronically with DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), which ensures no employee can drive unlicensed.
* Driver risk assessment
British Gas use a driver profile booklet completed in a classroom and their own web based version Safe and Fuel efficient driving (SAFED) to assess drivers.
* Driver profiling
British Gas have introduced a driver risk management system which combines vehicle collisions, total losses, driver licence endorsements and driving complaints to highlight 'at risk' drivers to the business and arrange specific driver development.
* Non-business drivers
These drivers are being identified and requested to complete a driver licence mandate and the company web based version of SAFED.
All new recruits receive a one day fleet induction which includes: In vehicle assessment, Driver profile booklet, Class room sessions on road safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle management and other fleet issues, eyesight and licence check and 'Think' campaign videos' to supplement road safety issues.