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RoSPA celebrates What Van? Safety Award Win

Award won by RoSPA for its innovative Driver Development course

RoSPA was awarded the What Van? Safety Award on Wednesday (December 13) for its innovative Driver Development course, which aims to combine both the theory and practice of defensive driving techniques.

The course is designed to teach drivers and riders the principles of a systematic and innovative approach to hazards, which is then applied to town, country and motorway driving. It raises awareness of driver behaviour and encourages safe decision-making.

The bespoke one-day course enables managers to meet their specific business needs and those of their individual drivers.

The What Van? Awards are considered the most prized independent recognition of excellence in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) industry.

Keith Bell, quality manager for RoSPA Fleet Safety, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win the What Van? Safety Award, which demonstrates the quality of our Driver Development course.

“The course raises awareness of driver behaviour and encourages safe decision making. It allows managers to focus on road risk priorities such as stress, rear-end collisions, slow-speed manoeuvring, fatigue and speed, and is suitable for all drivers regardless of experience.

“It enables organisations to reduce the frequency and cost of accidents, lower down-time due to maintenance, repairs and injuries, conduct more reliable vehicle scheduling, save on fuel, tyres and spares, and enhance their reputation.”

Alongside the Driver Development course, RoSPA is continuously campaigning for safer roads, currently by working to alter the daylight savings system in a bid to utilise lighter evenings, which will increase safety for pedestrians.

For more information on RoSPA’s driver training, visit our website.

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Accidents are the biggest threat to you and your family for most your life. In fact, more than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year, while thousands more are maimed and millions are injured. Businesses are ruined. Families are devastated. Children grow up without parents, parents without children. Yet despite the scale and severity of the problem, accidents are still too often discussed with a shrug of the shoulders. There is a pervasive belief amongst some people that accidents are somehow inevitable. That they can't be stopped. Imagine if we took the same attitude towards child abuse. Or cancer. For almost 100 years, RoSPA has been quietly working behind the scenes to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents. From the compulsory wearing of seatbelts and the campaign to stop drink driving, to the Cycling Proficiency Test and to the more recent ban on handheld mobile phones behind the wheel, RoSPA has been instrumental in shaping our society for the better, preventing millions of deaths and serious injuries along the way. As a registered charity, we are committed to continuing this legacy of change.