January 2015 Newsletter

Scorsa St Andrew’s Seminar 2013 - Evaluation

We would like to thank all those who attended the ScORSA St Andrew’s Seminar held at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh on 25th November 2014.

With 76 delegates attending on the day it proved yet again to be a very successful event with some excellent debate taking place around the presentations and also throughout the afternoon workshop session. The participants also took advantage of a tremendous networking opportunity and learnt more about:

  • Driving Performance – A MORR Guide
  • The Operational Advantages of MORR – a case study.
  • An Introduction to Telematics
  • ScORSA Membership – the benefits to all
  • Driver Health check
  • Liability – who’s responsible for what
  • Delivering Road Safety in Scotland
  • SQA Qualification – the benefits of the MORR module to your business Delegates found the presentations very useful and relevant.

You can view the individual presentations as listed above.

The evaluation shows us that:

  • 60% of delegates who attended the seminar returned the evaluation questionnaire.
  • 96% found the seminar was overall good or excellent.
  • 98% of respondents rated the quality of presentations good, very good and excellent.
  • 98% of respondents found the delegate packs good, very good and excellent.
  • 100% found the relevance of contents good, very good and excellent
  • 96% found the pace and duration of seminar good, very good and excellent
  • 96% Agreed or strongly agreed the seminar met their expectations.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed the content was helpful.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed the level of seminar was appropriate
  • 94% agreed or strongly agreed the format of the seminar was enjoyable.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed the speakers had a good understanding of the topics.
  • 100% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed the seminar was worth their time.
  • 96% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed the length of seminar was appropriate
  • 100% of respondents found the venue location good, very good or excellent.
  • 100% of respondents rated the suitability of the training room/facilities as good, very good or excellent.
  • 98% of respondents found the catering good, very good or excellent whilst 2% found it poor.

In addition, 80% of respondents made comments with few comments (15%) about the fluctuation of temperature in the room.

However, the majority of comments were good, showing the delegates benefited from the range of different perspectives from speakers on road safety, networking, updated information, availability of resources, MORR, Telematics among others.

Some of comments:

What do you think is the most important thing you gained from the seminar?

  • “MORR and Telematics”
  • “Detailed information and a greater appreciation of the breath of the subject.”
  • “Awareness of how much into is already available. For example, ScORSA, good practice guides, Road Safety guide for Councillors.”
  • “Links to website that are useful. Information of sources of advice. Can give that information to fellow employees, family and SME's.”
  • “That our company has made good progress with its MORR.”
  • “Liability issues and the new SQA qualification.”
  • “Enhanced my knowledge of occupational road risk.”
  • “Understanding of resources available from ScORSA.”
  • “Information to take back to work and deliver that safety information back to my drivers.”
  • “Reassurance and indicators of best practice and identifications of MORR aspects.”

For your work, what was the most beneficial part of the seminar?

  • “Updating information, breath of input from presenters and networking.”
  • “The information shared on Telematics and understanding on some of the key issues.”
  • “Reassurance of own performance being on the right track. Identified areas we need to concentrate on.”
  • “SQA qualification. Also resources available on the web.”
  • “Whole thing. Route Risk assessments, Telematics, use of ScORSA website”
  • “All of the seminar provided excellent sources of information and a good networking opportunity.”
  • “Finding out how much useful information we will be able to use via the ScORSA website.”
  • “Interested in MORR - working with our Transport manager to develop.”

The majority of comments were very positive, showing delegates benefited from the range of different perspectives given through speakers on road safety, networking, updated information and availability of resources.

The seminar presentations in pdf format can be downloaded from ScORSA website.

SQA Road Safety

This qualification, unique at this level in UK, will provide everyone coming into road safety with the same basic grounding in road safety knowledge, information and resources. There is also the potential for this courses to be delivered within approved establishments across UK. The course is designed for candidates with a professional or personal interest or involvement in road casualty reduction in UK.

Management of Occupational Road Risk

A Specialist Unit has been designed within the SQA Framework, to provide an understanding of Occupational Road Risk in Scotland and allow the candidate an opportunity to explore this in a global or UK context or simply at more local level.
Candidates undertaking this Unit will gain an understanding as to what type of accidents occur, where and when they happen, why and how they happen and the legal background involved in MORR.

More importantly, the candidates will have an opportunity to implement an effective management system within their own workplace.

Email us at info@scorsa.org.uk to register your interest.

Driver / Journey

Get ready for winter

Driving in the winter is very different than in other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially at winter time) makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over the last two winters in particular, with prolonged periods of heavy snow and floods.

This means that we need to adapt the way we drive.

We all know that there are regular checks we should make to our cars; but how many of us know exactly what they are and how to do them? Not to mention whether they are done regularly at all.

But a few minutes spent making a few simple checks can identify potential problems before they cost motorists money. Plus, there’s the peace of mind that your vehicle is reliable and safe.

You can watch a Vehicles check RoSPA’s advice video by clicking here.

Driving in fog and strong wind conditions

Different weather conditions create different hazards throughout the winter and in different areas of the country at different times. A single journey may take us into very different weather, road and traffic conditions, so we need to be prepared for each one.

You should avoid driving in fog unless your journey is absolutely necessary.

If you must drive:

  • Follow weather forecasts and general advice to drivers in the local and national media.
  • Allow plenty of extra time for your journey.
  • Check your car before you set off. Make sure everything is in good working order, especially the lights.
  • Clean your windows and windscreen and ensure all your lights are working. Clean the inside of the screen as well as it helps prevent it misting up.
  • Switch the heater or air conditioning on and leave it running to keep the inside of the glass clear. Never leave the vehicle running unattended.
  • Use your windscreen wipers on an intermittent setting to keep the screen clear.
  • When you’re ready to leave, switch on the dipped headlights. Use fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres, but don’t forget to switch them off when visibility improves.
  • Do not rely on the car’s daylight running lights – they may not put the back lights on.
  • Reduce your speed and keep it down. Keep enough distance between yourself and the vehicle in front - make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see clearly.
  • If the fog gets thicker, slow down.
  • Switch on headlights and fog lamps if visibility is reduced.
  • If you can see the vehicles to your rear, the drivers behind can see you – switch off your rear fog lamps to avoid dazzling them.
  • Use the demister and windscreen wipers.
  • Brake gently but earlier than usual so your brake lights warn drivers behind.
  • Do not 'hang on' to the rear lights of the car in front as you will be too close to be able to brake safely.
  • Switch off distracting noises and open the window slightly so that you can listen for other traffic, especially at crossroads and junctions.
  • Beware of speeding up immediately visibility improves slightly. In patchy fog you could find yourself 'driving blind' again only moments later.
  • Be aware that other vehicles may be travelling without their lights on, and pedestrians and cyclists will be hard to see anyway, so extra care and attention is needed.
  • At junctions, wind the window down and listen for traffic. If you have electric windows, open the passenger one to listen that way as well.
  • Straining to see through thick fog will quickly make you tired – take regular breaks.

Don’t overtake a queue on the dual carriageway, and expect it to be as clear in front of it. The queue will have cleared the fog where it is, and you will hit a wall of thicker fog at the front.

If you break down, inform the police and get the vehicle off the road as soon as possible. Never park on the road in fog and never leave it without warning lights of some kind if it is on the wrong side of the road.

Tips for driving with Strong Winds

  • Hold on tight
  • Avoid bridges
  • If driving a high sided vehicle...don't.

For more information and winter tips go to RoSPA website.


Come Home Safe

During 2012 there were 12,676 people injured on Scotland’s roads. Whilst this was slightly down on the previous year, it is still a sizable number of people who have left on a journey and not arrived safely. Nearly one in three of these road crashes involve someone who is driving for work.

In the United Kingdom it is estimated we are seven and a half times more at risk when using our roads than carrying out any other everyday activity.

Any crash on our roads does not just affect those immediately involved. It is often seen as being similar to throwing a stone into a still loch. The ripples extend from the crash outwards impacting on the emergency services, other road users, relatives, colleagues and in some tragic cases, people who may never even have heard of the victim previously. There is not a single incident on our roads which does not impact on others therefore we all need to work together to keep ourselves safe.

When it comes to driving for work we are all bound by legislation to carry out tasks either as an employer or employee to stay safe when carrying out our daily routine. We should have a much greater morale duty to Come Home Safe to family, colleagues or friends. By the time you ask the question “ If only I had .....” - it’s too late. We need to consider this as employers and drivers before every journey.

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) aim to raise awareness of the risks associated with driving for work by highlighting how no one lives or works in isolation. We all have dependants whether they are at home or work who wish our safe return. As an employer, employee or dependant we can all do our bit to make a journey safer and consider the consequences of getting things wrong.

The concept of undertaking any task or journey and returning safe and well is not new but certainly remains particularly relevant to those who drive for work.

As a driver you should always be aware there is someone awaiting your return whether it be from your business or from your personal life at home. Ask yourself the question, if I were to take a risk whilst driving for work, who would be affected by the consequences - my boss, my partner, my children?

As a dependant of someone who drives for work we can also encourage our employees, dependants or loved ones to return safe and well. When they don’t return it is too late, encourage them to Come Home Safe before they leave.

Coming Home Safe is everyone’s responsibility; we just need to think of the consequences of taking risks when driving or advising others to do so.

Together we can reduce the number of people injured on our roads. There is always someone awaiting your safe return.

Drink Driving

Lower drink-drive limit for Scotland

Tougher drink-drive laws were introduced in Scotland, which could mean that a pint of beer or glass of wine could put you over the limit. Scotland had the same limit as the rest of Britain, at 80mg per 100ml – the highest in Europe. However, the new legal limit for driving is now 50mg of alcohol in every 100ml of blood.

The Scottish Government say they have changed their drink drive limit to bring Scotland in line with most other European countries, to save lives and make Scotland’s roads safer.

The breath alcohol equivalent reduced from 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath to 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath (5).

Even small amounts of alcohol affect your ability to drive and the only safe advice is to avoid any alcohol if you are driving.
If the police want to investigate whether you are over the drink driving limit, they will carry out a screening breath test at the roadside. To do this, they will use a breathalyser.

If you fail this test, or if they have other grounds to believe that your driving was impaired through drink, you will be arrested and taken to a police station.

At the station you will need to provide two more breath specimens into a complex breathalyser, called an evidential breath testing instrument. The lower of the two readings is used to decide whether you are above the drink driving limit.

If the evidential breath sample is up to 40% over the limit you have the right to replace your evidential breath specimen with blood or urine - the police officer will decide which test you will have. If your evidential samples show that you are over the limit, you will be charged.

The police can carry out a breathalyser test if you have committed a moving traffic offence (such as banned turns) been involved in an accident, or have given the police grounds to believe you are over the limit.

Anyone caught over the legal alcohol limit when driving will be banned from driving for at least 12 months, and fined up to £5,000.

You can also be given between three to 11 penalty driving points. And you could be sent to prison for up to six months.

Imprisonment, the period of disqualification, the size of fine and penalty points depend on the seriousness of the offence.

If you’re caught drink driving more than once in a 10 year period, you’ll be banned for at least three years.

You can easily still be over the limit the morning after an evening's drinking:

It can take roughly 10 hours to be alcohol-free after drinking one bottle of wine.

It can take roughly 13 hours to be alcohol-free after drinking four pints of strong lager or ale.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) welcomed Scotland's new lower drink-drive limit but hopes the move will lead to another law change. As part of its wider road safety strategy, RoSPA has asked William Hague, who is reviewing the constitution following the Scottish referendum, to introduce a similar devolution of powers in the constituent parts of the UK so they can make their own decisions on another important road safety issue – lighter evenings, by adjusting the time in the UK to match that of central Europe.

You can get more information about Drink Driving, view the campaign and test your reactions at Don’t Risk it. website.

Drop in number of festive drink drivers in Scotland after new limit introduced

During a four week festive Drink Drive campaign from Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland) and the Scottish Government, Police Scotland tested 17,504 drivers for alcohol – an average of 625 drivers each day. A total of 351 drivers were caught under the influence this year compared to 434 in the same period last year – a 19 per cent reduction.

Police detected one drink driver for every 50 (351 from 17,504) tests carried out compared to one drink driver for every 47 (434 from 20,646) tests carried out in the same campaign period last year. Those caught now face the New Year without a licence, a minimum 20-year criminal record and a fine.

Only 20 of those apprehended gave readings between the new limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, and the previous 80mg limit, which still applies south of the border.

A total of 27 offenders were caught driving on the “morning after”, between 6am and 10am, including six between the old and new limits.

The authorities warned when the change was made on December 5 that drinking just one pint or one glass of wine mean motorists breaking the law.

During the Christmas and New Year campaign, police tested 17,504 drivers, an average of 625 a day.

For more information visit Scottish Government website.


Increase in the use of Telematics

A survey conducted by Atomik Research, commissioned by Masternaut with 2,032 employees in the UK that drive as part of their job show that the image of Telematics as Big Brother is over. The shift in consumer attitudes is due to the increasing use of Telematics, in both, corporate and personal uses.

The research found that 68% of drivers are comfortable with telematics being installed in their vehicles. Privacy issues and monitoring are no longer perceived as a barrier to entry for installation.

Despite being comfortable with telematics, 72% of respondents said that neither their work nor personal vehicles were fitted with a telematics device. Just 17% of respondents said their work vehicles were tracked, while only 11% said the personal vehicles they use for work are tracked.

The remaining 32% of business drivers surveyed said they would not be comfortable with the idea of having telematics installed in their vehicles, with top reasons including concerns around privacy (51%), not understanding how the data is used (14%) and not understanding the benefits of such a system (18%).

For more information visit FleetPoint website.

FREE ScORSA Resources

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) has revamped their items for change for 2015. We now produce A4 notepads to compliment the very popular A6 notepads, both of which feature various road safety messages.

This year we have also reintroduced the very popular wind up torches and chamois style cloths which also feature our new campaign ethos of Come Home Safe. As a way of supporting your efforts to improve occupational road risk, all these resources are free of charge to all ScORSA members.

To order your promotional items just Email us.

For more information about ScORSA or to become a member, please visit our website.