Mock trial aims to help businesses turn over a new leaf for the New Year

Every day of the year more than 150 vehicles driven on company business crash and each year there are 14,000 road deaths and serious injuries involving people at work*.

With the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act in April 2008, the issue of driving for and at work is something business employers are no longer able to ignore.

To raise awareness of this important topic and to help companies turn over a new leaf for the New Year, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is organising a free of charge, half day event for local businesses. The event will take place at the Lifewise Centre, Hellaby, starting at 9am on Wednesday 9th January.

Paul Costelloe, Head of Compliance at Sheffield based company, Fulcrum, attended a previous event earlier this year. He said “I attended the first of these events held in 2012, it was very informative and thought provoking. My colleague and I certainly took something away from the event, which was to think about what we are doing in addressing driving for work, an area of work that is probably our highest risk business activity.”

Mike Stanley, South Yorkshire Theme Lead for driving at work says: ”Every single business uses vehicles for work, whether they are directors’ cars, company provided cars and vans, through to employees using their own vehicles to assist with their activity.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about what businesses should and should not do in respect to managing their occupational road risk. This important event will make businesses aware of their responsibilities and also the consequences of their actions and how it could affect their business, staff and family.

“At this unique event attendees will have the opportunity to take advantage of specialist help to ensure their business has correct policies, management strategies and training/staff development programmes in place”.

Places at the event are strictly limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. To book your free place/s or to make further enquiries please contact Mike Stanley by telephone on 0114 273 6165 or by email at michael.stanley@sheffield.gov.uk