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Fleets must develop their vulnerable road user policies, says Licence Bureau

Fleets must develop their vulnerable road user policies, says Licence Bureau

Fleets need to develop their vulnerable road user policies, according to Licence Bureau, supporter of the ‘Fleet Survey Report 2018’ produced by Brake Professional.

The report from the road safety charity reveals that just 52% of organisations have driver handbooks that include guidance on protecting vulnerable road users including cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. What’s more, only one fifth of organisations (20%) also have specific policies on vulnerable road users.

However, those organisations that have specific policies in place appear to be offering some useful advice to drivers. More than nine in 10 (94%) highlight the importance of rigorously checking vehicle blind spots, and more than three quarters (78%) state that drivers should leave at least 1.5 metres between their vehicles and riders when overtaking. Most respondents (94%) said they asked their drivers to be particularly vigilant when near schools, communities and built up areas.

Malcolm Maycock, managing director of Licence Bureau, said: “Although the findings suggest some 84% of fleet managers recognise the importance of road safety, and three quarters of respondents believe their organisation has the right policies in place to protect vulnerable road users, clearly more could and should be done to develop this area.

“Clearly, there is an awareness around the issues related to vulnerable road users, but fleets need to ensure they document policies on the subject and make them a core component of their driver handbooks and education pathways.

“Continuous improvement is all part of our compliance journey and supporting fleets in these areas is what we do best.”

The survey represents the views of 107 fleet operators, ranging in scale from single vehicle operators to those with more than 50,000 vehicles, managing more than 1.05 million vehicles in total.

Licence Bureau’s observations coincide with Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated by Brake, which concludes on Sunday (25 November). The Week aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to act on road safety and promote life-saving messages.