With road collisions involving vans and trucks sliding back towards pre-pandemic levels (according to the road safety charity Brake) we prioritise road risk management to ensure all our deliveries are carried out in the safest way.
But how do we achieve this?
Through our policies and procedures, we ensure that we are responsible for managing our road risk. One way we do this is through our accreditation with Mission Zero.
Launched in late 2021, Mission Zero is the new fleet quality standard and provides a scheme for organisations to adopt a roadmap towards the vision of zero collisions, zero emissions and zero prohibitions. Officially recognised by Transport for London, Mission Zero and the Work-Related Road Risk Module is equivalent to FORS Silver, representing an official recognised accreditation across the fleet management industry.
“The requirements are relevant across the industry and are adopted by some of the most forward-thinking fleet operators committed to delivering goods, services and people, to the highest standards.” Mission Zero
Other benefits of Darcica holding the Mission Zero accreditation to ensure deliveries of our customers parcels, pallets and products are carried out safely and efficiently include:
Assessment against legal requirements
Reduction in collisions, repair and insurance costs
Reductions in mileage, fuel and emissions
Reduction in vehicle maintenance costs
Flexible driver training
We are also supporting this years Road Safety Week campaign (14-20 November 2022). The national campaign; ‘Safe Roads for all’ brings together communities and professionals to shout out for everyone's right to make safe and healthy journeys on safe roads.
As well as raising awareness of the key areas of road safety to all our staff and the local community, we’ll be promoting the Mission Zero toolbox talk ‘Vulnerable Road User Safety’ across all our drivers. The training helps to promote a culture of safety and exercise a ‘duty of care’ to avoid distress and trauma of a collision (to both victim and the driver). By asking our drivers to consider the safety of vulnerable road users they will significantly reduce the risk of being involved in a serious incident with another road user.
The training will cover everyday tasks such as:
Preparation before travel including a knowledge refresher of the Highway Code
Journey planning and vehicle checks
The importance of mirrors and indicators
Leaving space for cyclists
For more information on how we ensure safe deliveries across Oxfordshire and beyond please contact us.