Last reviewed 25 June 2019

A managing director has called for leadership on managing occupational road risk (MORR) in order to manage down the fatalities and casualties which take place on the UK’s roads every day.

James Haluch, the Managing Director of the major infrastructure company Amey Highways, is a Business Ambassador for the Driving for Better Business (DfBB) campaign, the government campaign group which encourages work-related road safety.

He recently pointed out that there are 468 casualties and 5 fatalities on UK roads every day and says these statistics “should shock and compel attitudes towards road safety to change”.

Amey operates a large fleet made up of 2000 cars, 3200 light commercial vehicles (LCVs) and 1370 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

In 2017, before Amey became a Champion of the DfBB campaign, the organisation reported almost 2000 incidents involving its drivers, 63% of which were found to be its own drivers’ fault.

This, James Haluch says, cost the business over £5 million in repairs, third party claims and, unfortunately, a number of injuries.

Since the process of achieving DfBB Champion status, accidents have decreased from 596 in the last quarter of 2017 (pre-DfBB) to 562 in the same quarter in 2018 (after DfBB). Amey then saw the figure decrease again to 382 in the first quarter of 2019, highlighting the positive impact DfBB has had on the business and the leadership required to drive change.

James Haluch said, “We expect this figure to continue to decrease as more of our business areas adopt the new behaviours.”

Achieving very best practice in MORR has, he said, required the support and leadership of the organisation’s management team, in particular its road risk manager and the network of transport managers.

He added, “Receiving DfBB business champion status has provided us with the platform to take a leadership role to share best practice and make emotional connections that will bring about a necessary change in driver attitude and behaviour.”