South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has been shortlisted in the Brake Fleet Safety Awards 2016 in three categories – the Company Driver Safety Award, the Eco Fleet Award and the Fleet Safety Innovation Award.
‘Brake’, the road safety charity, organises the annual awards scheme to recognise the achievements of suppliers and operators working to reduce the number of crashes involving people who are driving as part of their work. They also hold an annual safety conference, bringing together fleet managers and suppliers to share best practice in managing road risk.
SECAmb’s fleet, which covers a combined 17 million miles per year, has seen a number of ground breaking initiatives introduced through a driver safety programme. It has incorporated new technology including Dynamic Speed Control (to reduce the Trust’s CO2 footprint), Telematics (to monitoring driver behaviour), CCTV (enabling identification of poor driving and improve driver training) and Specialist Training vehicles. An Ambulance Driver Risk Indexing tool (ADRI) can assess drivers’ behaviours, measuring at-work driver risk and delivering a range of interventions such as intensified training to those deemed ‘at risk’.
Last year SECAmb won the Blue Light & Public Sector Fleet of the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards 2015. It was also commended in the Green Fleet Awards 2015 and recently missed out on the top spot in the Technical Excellence category at the Motor Transport Awards 2016.
SECAmb’s Head of Fleet and Logistics John Griffiths said, “I am delighted for everyone in the Fleet and Logistics Team that our efforts have been selected once again in no less than three categories. It illustrates how much we have steamed ahead recently in developing and innovating our fleet of vehicles with safety, operational and financial efficiencies in mind as well as reducing our carbon footprint in the process.”
Ellie Pearson, Professional Engagement Manager at Brake said, “We’ve been incredibly impressed by SECAmb and their entry into our Fleet Safety Awards. It is fantastic that they are making a real effort to end the needless crashes on our roads as a result of at-work drivers. Our judges now have the difficult task of choosing winners and we wish SECAmb the best of luck with their entries and look forward to seeing them all at our awards.”
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 29 September 2016.