March 2016 Newsletter

Courses and Workshops

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

SQA Specialist Unit - 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.
The MORR unit is relevant to those who use the road for work, whether they are HR and transport managers, fleet operators, drivers, health and safety managers among others, irrespective of the size of organisation or who owns the vehicles in use.

Unfortunately, there are still some organisations that have not actively focused on road safety, mainly due to a lack of understanding and ownership or even confusion between who manages the risk. For example, in some organisations the lack of action is due to H&S Managers believing that Fleet Managers are responsible for road safety and vice versa, leading to no action being taken at all.
In other cases, the fact that road safety was not included in many of the formal qualifications undertaken by fleet and H&S specialists has led to a lack of awareness of road safety and the measures that can be implemented to help control or reduce risk.

However, now these professionals not only have access to a formal qualification but also to a specific unit that will support them on the management of road risk.

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.

It is also an opportunity to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the financial savings that can be made as well as the legal issues involved
  • Know where your company is in terms of management of road risk
  • Develop an action plan
  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Create a MORR policy if your company doesn’t have one or improve an existing MORR policy
  • More importantly, the candidates will have an opportunity to implement an effective management system within their own workplace.

This unit will run from 10th May to 22nd July 2016.

You can find the information about costs at:

Email us at to register your interest.

MORR workshops

Limited offer – only 40 places available

RoSPA Scotland will in the very near future provide the opportunity for ScORSA members to attend a practical workshop on the Management of Occupational Road Risk. Two separate events will be held over a day and take place in Dundee and Edinburgh.


The events have been designed to support individuals within SME organisations with direct responsibility for the management, implementation/monitoring and deliver of MORR policy. In particular, it has been designed to benefit those individuals who may not have recourse to resources, which may be provided via fleet management departments in larger organisations.


The workshop will focus on the need and practicalities of establishing clear MORR policy and working practices within your workplace.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is MORR & Why?
  • Legislation
  • Implementation of Risk Assessment
  • Monitoring
  • Creation of Policy

These topics will be discussed by the presenters and supplemented throughout the day by practical exercises and group discussions to enhance the learning experience.


The Edinburgh Event is planned to take place at the Capital Hotel, Clermiston Road, Edinburgh EH12 6UG on Wednesday 25 May 2016. The Dundee event is scheduled for Thursday 2 June 2016 at the Double Tree Hilton, Kingsway West, Dundee DD2 5JT.


The event is fully supported by our partners and is therefore free of charge to ScORSA members.

Numerous enquiries have already been made regarding these events and with only twenty places available at each, it is suggested you register your interest as soon as possible. With such limited places, we will only accept one representative per member organisation in the initial stages.

To register your interest and obtain further details, contact

In-Car Safety 2016

There continues to be a vast assortment of child car seats available on the market and we know that not all child car seats fit all cars. As a consequence, a high proportion of children are transported in seats that are either incompatible with the vehicle, unsuitable to the weight, height and stage of the child or simply not fitted correctly.

RoSPA Scotland will be providing an opportunity for road safety practitioners to update their skills in fitting child car seats by running training sessions in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Fife.

The training will provide up to date information in aspects of current legislation, the theory of in car safety devices, why car seats are required and how the safety devices protect car users. There will be an overview of the types of seats available and factors that inform choice. The training will provide delegates with the opportunity to have “hands on” practical experience in fitting car seats under expert guidance.

The training will be free of charge for those who meet the requirements for SQA (Public Sector Road Safety Professional). If in doubt, please check our website (

Those under Private Sector will be charged £310 (20% discount will be applied to RoSPA Members) plus 20% VAT.

The training workshops will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th April 2016. The numbers will be restricted to 12 delegates each session, so please book early to ensure your place.

To book your place or if you would like more information or would like to discuss, please contact a member of the road safety team at:

RoSPA improves experience for fleet safety customers

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has improved the customer experience for those looking for fleet safety training after streamlining its practices.

More people are killed and injured in at-work road accidents than in all other workplace accidents combined, and RoSPA’s Road Fleet Safety (RFS) division offers a range of training options to suit all needs, from managing a fleet to assessing drivers.
The division that was renamed in May 2015 to RoSPA Fleet Safety has assessed and realigned all of its business practices over the past 12 months.

The results from the business’ internal re-engineering is now paying dividends in that the RFS is now delivering more road safety interventions than ever before, to a record number of delegates. This is great news for customers taking services from RFS and suppliers (including fleet trainers) who support this division of RoSPA.

In addition to the improvements within RFS, RoSPA is working to establish partnerships with vehicle technology companies to provide a more holistic solution for clients to manage their occupational road risk. As part of the RoSPA review of developing road and vehicle technologies, RFS is developing a business strategy that will be designed to complement this growing sector within the UK fleet market.

An example of its improved customer service experience is the development of the Live Chat function on RoSPA’s website, which will enable customers to connect with staff directly online, without the need for lengthy telephone calls or email chains, to advise and answer any queries.

Frances Richardson, RoSPA’s director of operations, said: “We have always prided ourselves on our exceptional customer service, but we will not rest on our laurels and we will always be looking to improve what we offer and how we operate.

“Our customers are striving to protect people on the road from the devastation of tragic accidents, so they will always be at the heart of what we do.”

“As RFS is a division of the wider RoSPA charity, any financial surplus is channelled into the delivery of our core mission statement of “saving lives and reducing injuries”. Therefore the more activity RFS delivers the more it can contribute.”

For any fleet safety training queries, call +44 (0)121 248 2233, email, or head to

RoSPA Road Safety Conference 2016

Keeping young and older drivers safe on the road was the key theme at a leading conference by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The RoSPA Road Safety Conference, titled Finding Solutions to Age-Old Challenges, addressed risks associated with young and older drivers, at-work drivers and rural safety. It also looked at partnership working, education, evidence and evaluation, motorcycle safety and travel programmes.

The conference also saw the launch of a new fleet safety benchmarking tool as part of a move to address the risks associated with at-work drivers. The event included a section focusing specifically on the management of work-related road safety, with Melvyn Hodgetts, champion programme manager for Driving for Better Business (DfBB), to launch the new free online Fleet Safety Benchmarking tool.

Aimed at helping employers measure their at-work road safety performance against other organisations, the tool is a significant enhancement of Interactive Driving Systems’ Fleet Safety Gap Analysis, an online 10-question solution that allows fleets to benchmark their own responses against those of currently almost 1,400 participants providing an insight into the safety of an organisation’s vehicles and drivers and how they rank against others.

For more information on the conference, visit RoSPA website.

Guidance on running a fleet of vans

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has published a guide that provides advice for businesses that operate a fleet of vans on how to keep them roadworthy and cost-effective.

The guide has three parts:

  1. Driving a van – it provides information on who can drive what types of van, and the rules on speed limits, weight limits and loading, drivers’ hours and maintenance. It also explains the basic safety checks you can do to keep your van roadworthy.
  2. Running a fleet of vans – It provides best practice advice on running a roadworthy and cost-effective fleet of vans. It also explains how to improve load safety on your vehicles.
  3. Buying a van - You can reduce the risk of buying a stolen vehicle by doing some checks when buying a used van. You can check fuel consumption and emissions figures for any new van or light commercial vehicle on sale in the UK.

Click here for more information and access to full documents at Department for Transport website.

Customers ‘deterred’ by unsafe company drivers

TomTom Telematics has carried out a survey with 1,000 British consumers and asked:

  1. Which types of vehicle do you associate as having the safest or most careful drivers?
  2. Which types of vehicle do you associate as having the most polite or courteous drivers?

The results showed that two-thirds of motorists (65%) are less inclined to do business with companies whose drivers are unsafe or discourteous.

Van drivers were the least likely to be considered the safest or most careful road users, with only 3% of respondents selecting them in this category. They were followed by high performance and sports car drivers (4%), taxi drivers (8%) and truck drivers (8%).
When it came to the most polite and courteous road users, van drivers were again bottom of the list, tied with drivers of high-performance and sports cars (both 3%). They were closely followed by SUV drivers (4%) and truck drivers (5%).

At the other end of the scale drivers of small and compact cars are considered the safest on the road (27%), closely followed by drivers of saloon cars (23%), while bus and coach drivers came in third with 17%. Small and compact car drivers also finished top when it came to the most polite and courteous drivers on the road, taking 26% of the vote.

For more information visit TomTom website.

Telematics is reducing accidents among business fleets

According to research by RAC Business with 500 UK businesses across all sectors, the use of Telematics is reducing the number of accidents involving people who drive for work.

The national average of businesses which have adopted the technology is 38%. London is the city with the biggest percentage of businesses using Telematics (around 45%), while in Scotland and the North East of England, 44% of businesses use Telematics.
The RAC says around 38% of businesses in the UK use Telematics among their vehicle fleets.

Among the participants, the results show that the biggest users of Telematics are businesses with up to 500 employees with 55%, while 11% of business have 10 or fewer employees and 25% of businesses have 50 or fewer staff.

The results also show:

  • 52% of participants said the use of technology has reduced the number of collisions, while 58% reported a reduction in speeding incidents and fines.
  • 43% of participants said the use of Telematics supported their Duty of Care policies, while 11% said insurance premiums had decreased as a result of installing Telematics.
  • 55% of firms saw a reduction in wear and tear, while 48% said there was a reduction in downtime for their vehicles.

Rise in road fatalities and cuts to road safety budgets

Latest Department for Transport figures showing a rise in road deaths indicate that much work is needed on road safety.

The UK Department for Transport road safety data shows a 3% reduction in casualties for the year ending September 2015 but a 2.83% rise in road deaths to 1,780.

The figures are cause of concern for road safety practitioners because the increase in cuts in road safety is likely to change the downward trend in the number of accidents and casualties. In Scotland, this could potentially mean that some of the Framework targets could not be met in 2020.

GEM believes it is irresponsible to cut road safety budgets across the UK. Chief executive David Williams MBE said: “It’s good to see a fall in casualties, even with a 2.2% rise in motor traffic levels. Particularly encouraging is the 5% fall in the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured, as well as the 4% reduction for pedestrians.

But the rise in road fatalities shows just how much work needs to be done to make our roads safer for everyone.

We must put an end to this needless loss of life, and we once again call on the UK Government to take a strong lead in making our roads safer.

We must also remember the vital role of road safety education in helping to prevent collisions. Allowing local authority road safety units to shrink or even disappear can only mean that the longer-term outlook for road safety in this country remains bleak.”

For more information visit GEM Motoring Assist website.

Drug Drive

Drug drive arrests on the rise

According to initial figures from police forces in UK, the number of drug drive arrests has soared by up to 800% in a year after the government introduced tough new laws in March 2015 to catch and convict offenders, when a new roadside swab was also introduced.

THINK! is running a campaign targeting young male drivers, , who are the most likely to drug drive, with cinema, radio, and online videos to drive awareness showing that if you drug drive, you’re more likely to be caught and convicted as a result of the roadside swab.

This will be complemented by digital display, social media and displays in pub and club washrooms to reach young men when they are planning, or are on, a night out.

Police forces have been given an additional £1 million to train officers, purchase drug screening equipment and pay for samples to be analysed.

Under the new drug-driving laws, once suspects are charged, 98% have been convicted - compared to 80% for the old offence.
The drug drive law changes in England and Wales have made it illegal to drive with 17 controlled drugs above a specified limit in the blood. Motorists who get behind the wheel after taking illegal drugs face a criminal record, loss of their licence for at least a year and an unlimited fine. It remains an offence to drive while impaired, by any drug at any amount.

Drugs that can be tested for at the roadside are cannabis and cocaine, while the evidential laboratory test can identify all the drugs covered by the law including ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and heroin.

New 30 second-campaign films (English and Welsh versions) are now available on YouTube. You can also watch the videos at the Department for Transport website.


Drugs and driving: the law

The drug driving law has changed.

It’s illegal to drive if either:

  • you’re unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs. Legal drugs are prescription or over-the-counter medicines. When taking legal drugs is always advisable to check with the doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional whether you can drive.
  • you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they haven’t affected your driving)

The police can stop a driver and make a ‘field impairment assessment’ if they believe the driver is on drugs. The assessment consists of a series of tests and the police also use a roadside drug kit to screen for cannabis and cocaine.

If the police think the driver is unfit to drive because of taking drugs, s/he will be arrested and will have to take a blood or urine test at a police station. If the test results are positive, i.e., if they show the driver has taken drugs, the driver can be charged with a crime.

Prescription medicines

You can drive after taking the drugs below if they have been prescribed by a healthcare professional and the driver followed their advice on how to take them and they the drugs are not causing any effect to the driver, making s/he unfit to drive, even if they are above the specified limits:

  • amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline
  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, eg codeine, tramadol or fentanyl
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam

The driver should always talk to their doctor about whether they should drive if they have been prescribed any of the drugs above.

They could be prosecuted if are caught driving with certain levels of these drugs in their body and you haven’t been prescribed them.

The law only covers England and Wales, however, the driver can still be arrested if s/he is considered unfit to drive.

Penalties for drug driving

If convicted, the penalties for drug driving are:

  • a minimum 1 year driving ban
  • an unlimited fine
  • up to 6 months in prison
  • a criminal record
  • the driving licence will the conviction for 11 years
  • the penalty for causing death by dangerous driving under the influence of drugs is a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

There are also other problems that might arise if convicted, such as:

  • the car insurance costs will increase significantly
  • if driving for work, the employer will see the conviction
  • some countries, such as the USA, might restrict your entrance

For more information, visit the Department for Transport 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.

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.