Brewer aims to reduce risks with driver training

Brewer
Carlsberg-Tetley is hoping to reduce its car fleet insurance with the
introduction of a new risk assessment programme.

The
firm which has a fleet of 740 cars and vans and 340 dray vehicles is looking to
reduce its insurance costs by 25 per cent over the next two years and is
putting all 2,000 of it drivers through the Driver Assessment Training Aid
(DATA).

Employees
undergo a 25-minute risk assessment based on age, lifestyle, driving techniques
and responses to a variety of driving scenarios using a CD-Rom. A profile of
individual strengths and weaknesses is then created and staff with a poor risk
rating are given further driver training.

Carlsberg-Tetley
chief executive Colin Povey said accident costs were at an unacceptable level
and it had a duty to reduce them:

“Every
driver, regardless of age, gender or experience is exposed to some degree of
risk. Carlsberg-Tetley has a responsibility to all employees and their welfare
and also to the general public,” he said.

DATA
provider Drivetech has trained 35 of the company’s managers to act as risk
assessors to oversee the tests and devise training for staff in need of more
help.

It
is now compulsory for all work-based driving staff to take a DATA assessment
and the programme has been incorporated into the induction process for all
recruits who will drive as part of their job.

By Ross Wigham

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