Archive for September, 2013

Government about car driving

speech mark …all employers must remember they have a health and safety responsibility for their drivers…..and help us reach the working drivers who are too busy to be concerned with safety. speech mark Dr Stephen Ladyman, Transport Minister

What Drive & Survive says:

Drive & Survive has just introduced a new Workshop product. For just £45 per head participants receive two and half hours of informative, interactive driver safety information, delivered in a relaxed, enjoyable format.

Drive your car safe

We welcome enquiries from the media and will be happy to provide informed comment and quotes about a wide range of driving issues, particularly those associated with occupational driver safety.

We have a large number of relevant images, data, facts and figures, which we would willingly share with you. In addition, if you require help with location photography or a particular backdrop to illustrate a specific safety-related feature, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We are also more than willing to assist any bone fide journalist wishing to experience Drive & Survive Training first hand.

Please contact Steve Johnson on 01295 724283 or, or, out of working hours, 07921 234676.

Steve Johnson is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association, and has worked in various branches of the motor industry since 1972.

Note: Steve Johnson also deals with enquiries about marketing services, advertising, direct mail, e-commerce, sales promotion, exhibitions.

The next series of workshops

The next series of workshops will take place at Legoland on June 27th, Prodrive Proving Ground on June 28th and Pride Park, Derby on June 29th.

For more information please contact

New courses that have been added recently are as follows:

4×4 on and off road dynamics training Ref IA032
4×4 on the job training Ref IA033
4×4 self recovery and winching Ref IA034

For more information please see the ‘Products’ section of the website or call our customer services team.

Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman, who is regularly called upon to talk on road safety issues, used to work for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. While he was there he was selected for on-road driver training………and guess which company provided it. Drive & Survive of course.

This is an extract of a speech made at the IAM Annual Lunch in London in December 2005 by Dr Stephen Ladyman, Minister of State for Transport:

speech marks ……………….indeed, back when I was a company car driver, I did a Drive & Survive course!

“The company I worked for realised that it was important to have their employees trained in defensive driving, which is why they chose Drive & Survive, and fleet driver training generally is an increasingly important part of the market. Most employers recognise they have a legal responsibility for the health and safety of their staff at work – but too many are failing to look after employees who drive as part of their job.

“That has to change. The duty of care applies as much to high-mileage company reps as office-based clerical staff and to every company that employs commercial and passenger vehicle drivers. speech marks

We welcome two new recruits in our customer service team, Guna Sahni and Jason Phipps, both of whom will be dealing with course bookings and associated administration issues.

Your staff are your greatest asset.

But every time they drive on your behalf, whether they have a company vehicle or not, they run the risk of getting caught up in an on-road incident.

That’s not good for them and it’s not good for you as an employer…….you might even find yourself in breach of health and safety regulations as well.

By adopting a tailor made risk management programme with Drive & Survive you are not only taking all reasonable steps to comply with your duty of care towards your employees but you’re also going to find your vehicle-related costs will start to tumble too.

Take a tour of the website to find out how Drive & Survive can help you save money, protect your workforce and keep you beyond the reach of the long arm of the law.

Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act

A Simple Outline.

An organisation to which the Act applies is committing a crime if the way in which its activities are managed or organised causes a person’s death, and amounts to a gross breach of a relevant ‘duty of care’ owed by the organisation to the dead person.

A duty of care means any of the following duties owed by it under the law of negligence—

  1. a duty owed to its employees or to other people working for the organisation or performing services for it;
  2. a duty owed as an occupier of premises;
  3. a duty owed in connection with—
    1. the supply by the organisation of goods or services for
    2. the carrying on by the organisation of any construction or maintenance operations,
    3. the carrying on by the organisation of any other activity on a commercial basis, or
    4. the use or keeping by the organisation of any plant, vehicle or other thing

A breach of a duty of care by an organisation is a “gross” breach if the conduct falls far below what can reasonably be expected of the organisation in the circumstances.

An organisation is guilty of an offence under the Act only if the way in which its activities are managed or organised by its senior management is a substantial element in the breach of the duty of care.

“Senior management”, in relation to an organisation, means the people who manage the organisation and make decisions.

The organisations to which the new laws apply are corporations (companies), police forces and partnerships that are also employers.

If you would like further information about this act please contact Drive & Survive for a free consultation.

Certificate of Professional Competence

The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) applies to anyone who drives a bus, coach or commercial vehicle for a living. The licence categories are: C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1, D1+E (drivers who currently drive 7.5 tonne trucks or minibuses with over 9 seats for a living on “grandfather” rights must also hold CPC)*

New drivers will need to take Driver CPC which means they will have to do additional modules aside from the practical and theoretical tests already required. Existing drivers will have to do Periodic Training for their CPC.

When does it start?

The Directive will become effective from 10th September 2008 for the PCV drivers and from 10th September 2009 for the LGV drivers.
Driver CPC. New drivers will need to follow an approved syllabus to obtain their CPC. This must be delivered by a centre approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT):

The extra study required to achieve Driver CPC is designed to ensure new drivers will have practical knowledge appropriate to the sort of work they will do. This will include a four hour theory test.

Periodic Training

ll drivers will have to undergo Periodic Training to retain their CPC. This must be delivered by an approved centre (see above: JAUPT). Periodic Training is 35 hours training every five years. There is no formal exam. All courses must last at least seven hours which can be spread over a 24 hour period. Training can be tailored to suit an organization’s drivers by the approved training centre providing it fits the requirements of CPC.

What is the Syllabus?

The syllabus for both Driver CPC and Periodic Training is the same. The syllabus has three main subject areas. These are:

• Advanced training in rational driving based on safety regulations

• Application of regulations

• Health, road and environmental safety, service, logistics

Periodic training should revise and expand on the subjects and should suit the needs of the driver at that time. This means that any organization should tailor their CPC to suit their drivers and their industry. The key objectives are:

For all licences:

• To know the characteristics of the transmission system in order to make the best possible use of it

• To know the technical characteristics and operation of the safety controls in order to control the vehicle, minimise wear and tear and prevent disfunctioning

The ability to optimise fuel consumption

For LGV:

• The ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use

For PCV:

• The ability to ensure passenger comfort and safety

• The ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle us.

Training Sessions

CPC training will only be available from training bodies that have been approved by JAUPT. Any approved centre will be able to offer a range of courses to suit the needs of the driver and the organization providing each course is approved by JAUPT.
Enforcement The Police and VOSA officials will ask to see the Driver’s CPC card at roadside checks or if they have been involved in an accident. Drivers will be issued with a card detailing CPC when receiving their new licence or after completing 35 hours training as an existing driver.

It will be illegal for any organization to knowingly employ someone as a driver who does not have CPC.

Further Reading

Driver CPC (TSO: ISBN: 9780115529405)


Driver Risk Management

Notwithstanding the statutory duty of care that all employers have
towards the wellbeing of their employees whilst at work, taking steps
to reduce the amount of bent metal incurred by your working vehicles,
by implementing some form of Driver Risk Management programme, simply
makes good business sense. Driver risk management is more than just implementing fleet driver training. Managing road risk is a vital element proper fleet management and can reap significant financial rewards.

Although these days you’re pretty unlikely to see insurance
premiums decrease year on year, you can at least slow down the rate
of increase and reduce excess levels if you improve your claims record.
Drivers with better attitude also look after their vehicles more
carefully, often making them worth more at disposal time. It’s
been proved time and time again that trained drivers use less fuel
too, and normal wear and wear items, like tyres and brakes, also
benefit from improved life.

And then there are the more ethereal benefits. Drivers feel more
valued and less stressed if they are involved in a programme of driver
development that has their welfare as the focus. Also, as an employer,
there’s always that nagging worry that the mobile billboard
masquerading as your liveried vehicle is going to end up in the local
papers or on the local television news as centre stage in a spectacular
pile up. That’s not good for image, brand values or customer

If you would like to have a free, no obligation consultation with
one of our experienced experts, to assess
your risk management needs, please contact us at,
giving a location and contact phone number.


  • Compliance with duty of care
  • Compliance with existing Health and Safety Legislation
  • Defined audit trail in the case of investigation into transgressions
    of Health and Safety regulations
  • Systems resulting from the programme protect against liability
    if Corporate Killing becomes law
  • Improved staff morale and sense of employee self worth
  • Improved insurance terms
  • A degree of protection against the negative publicity consequences
    of a fatality involving an employee
  • Reduced cost of vehicle fleet operation:
      • Reduced direct repair
      • Reduced insurance costs
      • Reduced fuel consumption
      • Reduced tyre wear and
        other consumables
      • Reduced vehicle downtime/hire
        car costs
      • Reduced staff downtime/inability
        to work
      • Improved vehicle residual

Drive & Survive behind the latest Ford fleet offering

Market leader Ford is the first vehicle manufacturer to offer its fleet customers an own-branded driver risk management product, which consists of online risk assessments, online E-Learning modules and on-road practical driver coaching, for a fixed fee per head

Fleet customers, even those with multi marque fleets, will be able to take advantage of the subsidised rate of £109 per driver, which will be constant irrespective of what interventions are dictated by the online assessments that each driver would initially complete.

All elements of the risk management programme, which is very similar to the ‘DRM Package’ highlighted on the Products/Hands On Training page of this website, will be provided by Drive & Survive. Even the dedicated website that drivers will log onto to complete the online aspects of the programme has been built for Ford by the Drive & Survive in-house team.

Any corporate entity with a fleet in excess of 50 vehicles, at least one of which is a Ford product, wishing to take advantage of the Ford offer should contact Drive & Survive project manager Emily Nafzger.

Non Ford fleets comprising less than fifty vehicles can also take advantage of this truly integrated driver risk management programme but on different terms and conditions – please contact sales support on

Drive & Survive wins Business Car Risk Management Award

Drive & Survive aims to position itself as an expertise resource, working alongside customers to help manage their business more effectively. It recognises the commercial realities of everyday life – although it obviously assists with duty of care compliance, and knows that the biggest influencer in the decision to implement a driver risk management programme will invariably be the effect it can have on fleet running cost savings.

All the awards are voted for by the readers of BusinessCar magazine, website and email newsletters, so it’s the people that are using the products on a daily basis who make the decisions.

BusinessCar Editor-in-Chief Tristan Young said: “Risk management is an increasingly important topic for business car managers and it’s clear that Drive & Survive is delivering the goods. Any well-managed fleet will be aware of the need to take every step to protect their drivers and the votes from BusinessCar readers show that Drive & Survive is giving the industry what it needs.”

Accepting the award on Drive & Survive’s behalf was Sales Manager, Ryan Brittain, who commented: “Selling safety has never been an easy task but we know, beyond any doubt, that what we do works in every area it touches and to be recognised (again) by our clients in this way really does make the efforts worthwhile. Thank you!”

Fleet managers told “no room for complacency” as road death toll drops

Driving deaths down below 3000 is a major success for road safety policy in Britain says the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists). Deaths have never been this low since national recording began in 1926. Back then there were only 1.7 million vehicles on the road, now there are over 33 million.

Seb Goldin, Managing Director of IAM Fleet and Drive & Survive, said: “There is no place for complacency from fleet managers. But national targets and the concentration on the simple message of the three ‘E’s of Education, Enforcement and Engineering have delivered safer roads than ever before.”

The Department for Transport (DfT) report ‘Road Casualties in Great Britain 2007,’ revealed today the number of people killed in road accidents fell by seven per cent from 3,172 in 2006 to 2,943 in 2007. The number of children killed fell by 20 per cent to 121.

Mr Goldin added: “The challenge now is to drive down these figures even further by targeting known high risks such as rural single carriageways, young drivers and particularly those who drive for work. Further reductions in deaths on the road will not come cheap and government must allocate more funding to road engineering schemes and actively encourage drivers to treat driving as a skill for life.”