Monday, February 23, 2015

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Businesses across South Yorkshire are being urged to take up the opportunity to reduce costs, lower emissions and drive safer as part of a government-backed project.

The Eco-Business Driving scheme, which is part of government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund programme, is designed to help businesses reduce their vehicle fuel and maintenance costs, and improve general wear and tear and collision rates through driver education and organisational support. It is aimed ensuring businesses are satisfying their legal obligations in the health and safety and duty of care of their staff.

The scheme is open to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), larger companies and organisations across South Yorkshire. Participating businesses are assigned a specialist advisor who will develop a tailored Eco-Safe plan. Through group discussions and in-car driving sessions, the plans help businesses to develop policies and practices to minimise costs and maximise safety whilst driving for work.

Inmotion! is hosting an Eco-Business Driving breakfast seminar at Tankersley Manor in Barnsley on Thursday February 26. As part of the support package on offer to local businesses, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership are also running a series of "Safer Driving at Work" taster sessions at the Lifewise Centre on Hellaby Industrial Estate in Rotherham.

The Safer Driving at Work sessions have been developed for companies with a fleet of drivers. The course is aimed at improving company policies, using real-life scenarios to demonstrate the implications and consequences for businesses, employees and their friends and family if things go wrong.

Ian Edwards from Doncaster-based eDriving Solutions, who deliver the Eco-Business Driving programme on behalf of the Inmotion! partnership, said: "We've had a fantastic response from nearly 2,000 drivers from South Yorkshire businesses who've taken part over the past 18 months. Sparing just a couple of hours to learn how our free Eco-Business Driving scheme can benefit your workplace will be one of the most rewarding things you can do this year."

Joanne Wehrle, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads education manager, added: "Our Safer Driving at Work sessions reinforce the need for organisations to have robust policies and procedures in place if they have people who are driving for work. These sessions look at the consequences for businesses and their drivers, and the impact that this could have on everyone involved, if something did go wrong and a serious or fatal road traffic collision did occur."

Eco-Business Driving scheme website

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