Confused, concerned or unsure about managing the occupational road risk posed by your vehicle fleet and business drivers then a new information-packed best practice website that also specifically answers your personal questions is the solution.

Launched by risk management and fleet software experts Jaama, the new website – http://www.key2roadsafety.co.uk - is a one-stop shop of advice relating to vehicles, drivers and business journeys.

The simple click through menu directs users to best practice information and provides a check list of actions, while you can get your fleet-specific questions answered by Jaama’s team of health and safety experts after registering on the site.

Jaama managing director Jason Francis said: “For years there has been a stream of press coverage on corporate road safety and the importance of businesses managing their occupational road risk.

“However, our research continues to show that many companies are unsure about exactly what measures they should put in place and how to implement those actions. Our new website provides a wealth of information and fleet decision-makers can ‘Ask Jaama’ and get their specific questions answered.”

Phase one of the website has now gone live and phase two of the development will see the raft of information extended to include advice relating to commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes. Additionally, the content will continue to be updated with weekly news feeds and case studies and enhanced when new data, information and legislation is published, for example the recently announced Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide.

To underline its duty of care expertise, Jaama recently signed up to the European Road Safety Charter - one of the main European Commission initiatives to reach its overall objective of halving the number of road fatalities by 2010 under its Road Safety Action Plan. Around 50,000 people are killed and 1.7 million injured annually on Europe’s roads.

Becoming a signatory to the Charter supports Jaama’s commitment to promote occupational road risk management in and across Europe and to help reduce the number of at-work driving incidents on the UK’s roads, estimated to result in around 1,000 deaths and 100,000 injuries a year.

For more than 18 months Jaama has also been holding regular health and safety seminars and has so far trained almost 450 companies in at-work driving best practice.

Mr Francis said: “Many of these companies operate small and medium-sized fleets and there is no full-time fleet professional managing the operation. Many of the seminar delegates - HR directors/manager, finance directors/managers and transport and procurement managers not only want initial guidance but also on-going help. We view the new website as a ‘full-time risk management assistant’ available 24/7.”

From advice on ensuring that vehicles are fit-for-purpose to information on ‘safe’ driving schedules and fatigue to the importance of driving licence checking, risk assessments and the correct insurance for staff driving their own cars on business, the website is packed with top tips.

Additionally, the site outlines the key legislation - the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, for example - and the benefits of implementing a robust occupational road risk strategy. There are also links to other websites including the Department for Transport’s Think! site, RoSPA and the Health and Safety Executive.

On viewing the site, Adrian Harris, fleet manager at Pertemps Recruitment Partnership, one of the UK’s fastest growing recruitment agency’s with a fleet of 600 company cars, said: ”It is essential for anyone who is remotely involved in the operation of a vehicle fleet or management of occupational road risk, to visit Jaama’s new road safety-specific website.

”It is a real mine of information, easy on the eye, easy to navigate and find those individual topics that are relevant to your business, with direct links to quality information sites.

”Jaama’s website provides the vast majority of in depth answers, that running a modern, safe, efficient and ecologically-friendly fleet of vehicles requires.”

Contact details:

Ashley Martin
Ashley Martin Communications
Tel: 01733 390691, 07801 434338
Email: ashley.martin32@btopenworld.com

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About Jaama
Jaama is a fleet software and occupational road safety specialist. As a certified Microsoft® development partner, Jaama uses the latest technology to provide customers with greater integration, control and automation. It brings innovative vehicle management software to fleet operators, contract hire and leasing companies. And Jaama is the first to combine fleet management software and risk management services to help customers meet their driver health and safety responsibilities under occupational road safety regulations.

http://www.jaama.co.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 11th August 2006