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St Andrews Seminar 2016 - 1st December 2016

Our next St. Andrew’s Seminar will take place at COSLA Conference Centre, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH Edinburgh on Thursday, 1st December 2016.

A third of all road crashes involve someone who is driving for work purposes so it makes good business sense to manage occupational road risk. More employees are killed in “at work road accidents” than in all other occupational accidents combined.

By attending you will:

Gain information on how to manage occupational road risk and to take advantage of free advice and support available and also know more about:

  • The extent and impact of ill health on driving, the impacts on employers and employees and what is out there to help The Operational Advantages of MORR
  • A case study of an organisation which has engaged with their ageing workforce in driver health training and the benefits identified
  • Driving for Work – What keeps you legal
  • The personal touch, trade unions and employers supporting workers who drive and may have health issues that could affect their ability to drive safely Liability – Who’s responsible and for what?
  • Dealing with the issues and more

Take advantage of a tremendous networking opportunity.

There is no cost involved for you – this is a free event.

We would like delegates to bring along someone from out-with their organisation either from their supply chain, sub contractors or clients to help broaden the safety culture.

For those who cannot attend the seminar, we are also holding a webinar in the afternoon with Q&A from the morning session.

You can download the application form for the seminar and webinar from ScORSA website and email it to ScORSA.

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 these 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.

For more information visit Scottish Road Safety website.

New bespoke Driver Development Course launched

RoSPA Fleet Safety has launched a new Driver Development Course that can be tailored to individual organisational and delegate requirements.

Designed to raise awareness of driver behaviour and encourage safe decision making, the bespoke course enables managers to meet their specific business needs and those of their individual drivers.

While the physical skill involved in driving for work is important, factors which affect driver behaviour such as stress and fatigue can put safety at risk. The Driver Development Course will encourage drivers to be honest about their own behaviour, to develop coping strategies for themselves as well as for the behaviour of other road users.

On booking, managers can request a focus on road risk priorities such as stress, rear-end collisions, slow-speed manoeuvring, fatigue, and speed. Trainers will then emphasise the topic that concerns managers most, while giving an overview of the other areas of risk.

Frances Richardson, RoSPA’s director of operations, said: “The course is tailored to meet the needs of the individual delegate, so is suitable for all drivers regardless of experience."

“It will enable organisations sending delegates to reduce the frequency and cost of accidents, lower down-time due to maintenance, repairs and injuries, conduct more reliable vehicle scheduling, save on fuel, tyres and spares, and enhance their reputation.”

The Driver Development Course is run over a full or half-day, at RoSPA’s Birmingham training centre or a mutually-agreed location.

It can be conducted on either a 2:1 or 1:1 delegate to trainer ratio, and is available in a wide range of vehicle types.

For more information call 0121 248 2233, or email

Working at Heights on Vehicles Enquiry

ScORSA received an enquiry from one of your fellow members concerning the safety of drivers and other employees whilst working at height on the rear of an open sided trailer.

In particular they were looking at the availability of edge protection for these on the trailers of LGV/HGV vehicles. Whilst there appears no specific transport legislation which deals with falls from vehicles, it is potentially covered by the Work at Height

Regulations 2005 which acts as a catch all.

We are aware a lot of organisations lease or rent trailers so often the fitting of permanent guard rails is not an option and in any event these could potentially obstruct the operational purpose of using an ‘open’ trailer.

Whist any incidents would potentially be RIDDOR reportable we are looking for any practical or policy solutions you may have implemented which may assist in providing a safer working environment for all.

We forwarded the enquiry to our members and received a number of replies, some of which we are sharing below :

  • “We too have similar concerns regarding working at height on low loader, open sided trailers and HGV’s. We saw a vehicle (driving past at the time) which had “L” shaped uprights clipped onto the side of the trailer bed. These could swing out to 90°. Straps were attached at middle and top, however, there appeared to be a “floor” gap where it looked like there was no protection and the operator looked as if they could stumble into the gap. If anyone comes up with a solution we would love to hear of it as it is an ongoing concern.”
  • “There are a number of items available for this particular activity, but I my personal experience the LOAD ANGEL® “SITE SAFE” is an ideal access and protection system for the purpose. This particular model however would not be transported around with the vehicle; it would be present at site available for delivery vehicles on arrival.

    KGuard who are a supplier of construction site edge protection have also now developed a system for trailers which is more feasible to be carried with the vehicle. The system is called KGUARD® Trailer unremarkably and there is material on their website demonstrating it.

    This is only a couple of the numerous proprietary systems that are available to mitigate the risk of a fall from height from a trailer.

    Activities on trailer beds such as we are discussing are covered by the Work at Height Regulations 2005, which does acts as a catch all, and therefore the risk of a fall should be mitigated.

    If the storage of the equipment is an issue, there is also the option of utilising fall arrest bags. These by their nature do not mitigate the fall which is obviously preferential, instead minimising the likelihood of injury following a fall. There is greater likelihood of human error in the inflation and deployment of the bags as there would be in a proprietary edge protection system.”

  • “We fit removable barriers these are easily removed/replaced for safe loading. If barriers are not practicable, perhaps you could also have a procedure advising drivers not to go onto the vehicle platform unless it is absolute necessary & have a safe system of work for the occasional times you need to go onto the vehicle platform. “
  • “I would suggest a man safe system that can be attached and allow free movement within the range of the inside of the trailer but not allow you to fall off?”
  • “The issue you have highlighted below was a major concern to us, and in particular for the health & Safety of our staff. The way we addressed the problem was by issuing our staff with harnesses that are capable of hooking onto the strap rails already fitted on the trailers. We haven’t had any incidents, accidents or concerns raise since we introduced this system and it works for us to carry out our daily duties and keep our staff safe.”

We thank all those who shared their knowledge and experience with us and our members. If someone else has more information on the topic and want to share it, please email ScORSA.


Drivers fail to correctly identify road signs

New research commissioned by Kwik Fit has revealed that the average driver in UK knows only 79% of UK road sign meanings, with one in five road signs being a mystery.

The most common mistakes due to misinterpreting road signs are breaking the speed limit (16%), braking suddenly (15%) and having to slow down, causing traffic to build up (9%).

The majority of participants believe that the driving theory and hazard perception tests should be retaken throughout people’s motoring lives, with more than half (53%) thinking it should be repeated at least once every twenty years.

The research showed that only one in ten drivers correctly identified the central white line markings which indicate a hazard ahead. In direct contrast to their true meaning, the vast majority (66%) believed that this line meant normal road conditions.

A circular white sign with a red border is worryingly unfamiliar to the majority of drivers, as only a quarter (27%) know that this means “all vehicles prohibited expect bicycles being pushed by pedestrians”. More than this number, (30%) of drivers think it signifies a “red route – no waiting”, while a further third (33%) admitted to not knowing.

Signs giving indications of speed also caused confusion for a surprising number of drivers. The research showed that almost one in five drivers (19%) were flummoxed by the meaning of a white circle with a black diagonal bar; 5% thought this meant a 70 mph limit applied, 4% thought 60mph applied, while 7% thought it meant no speed restrictions; something which doesn’t apply on any public road in the UK. The correct meaning is “national speed limit applies”.

As well as maximum speeds causing confusion, drivers are also in danger of being caught out by minimum speeds signs. For example, a white 30 on a blue circle with a red diagonal line through it indicates the end of a 30mph minimum speed zone, something that could be identified by just one in four (25%) of drivers.

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How to check someone's driving licence information

To check someone’s driving licence information online, for example, the type and category of vehicle they can drive or any penalty points or disqualification they might have. For this, you will need:

  • the last 8 characters of their driving licence number
  • a check code from the driver

The code must be used within 21 days and can only be used once.

You can use this service to check details for:

  • heavy goods vehicle (HGV) operator’s licence applications
  • public service vehicle (PSV) operator’s licence applications

If you need help, contact the DVSA helpline (0300 123 9000).

Fleet driving licence checks rise 30% year-on-year

According to ADLV (Association for Driving Licence Verification), there has been a significant rise in the volume and frequency of online driving licence data checking by UK Fleets.

The 2016 DVLA statistics show that there was a 30.4% increase in checks by online intermediaries compared to the same period last year.

It accredits the rise to more frequent online checking of data, coupled with a broader use of other related datasets to promote ‘know your driver’ risk reduction strategies.

Richard Payne Gill, deputy chairman of the ADLV, said: "The growth in volume is highly encouraging as it reflects that electronic checking, through a fully-managed service from a professional third party, has now become a ‘best practice’ with full reporting and audit trails included.

"It is also a sign that the frequency of checking has increased too as fleet managers seek to both boost compliance certainty and reduce the risk from misuse and fraud.

"We are seeing quarterly checks becoming the norm.

“There has also been a rise in the breadth of data now that is being combined with licence information, and we are also confident that other datasets are likely to become available too including Tacho and CPC data for the UK haulier sector.

"The integration of all this data will see a transformation on the overall professionalism of the sector with the ultimate benefits including major efficiency gains for fleet operators and a marked boost for road safety.”

For more information visit ADVL website.


Roadside vehicle checks for commercial drivers

As a commercial driver, you might be asked to stop by the police or a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) officer. They can stop lorries, buses and coaches.

The police and DVSA have the power to carry out spot checks on your vehicle and issue prohibitions if necessary. A prohibition prevents you from driving until you get a problem with your vehicle fixed.

Police and DVSA officers can also issue fixed penalties if you commit an offence. Some of these are graduated depending on the circumstances and seriousness of the offence.

It’s your responsibility to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy.

You can easily recognise a DVSA officer: they wear yellow visibility jackets with either the VOSA or DVSA logo, always carrying a DVSA warrant card and their vehicles are marked with a black and yellow print on the side with either a VOSA or DVSA logo on the bonnet.

When you’re stopped, the checks will be carried out either at the roadside or at dedicated testing sites. These checks are used to keep unsafe vehicles off the road.

The officer will checks that the vehicle isn’t breaking any rules and regulations. This includes:

  • checking authorised load weights and type of load permitted
  • checking vehicles for roadworthiness and mechanical faults
  • looking at your tachograph records
  • making sure you have a valid occupational driving licence

If serious offences have been committed, the vehicle could be impounded.

Foreign-registered vehicles are subject to the same rules as vehicles registered in the UK.

If you’re carrying a high-value load you can keep your engine running, doors locked and windows closed until you’re sure you’ve been stopped by a genuine police or DVSA officer.

Not stopping when asked to by a uniformed officer is an offence. The incident will be officially recorded and you’ll be interviewed later on.

You may then face court action or be reported to the Traffic Commissioner, who may remove or suspend your operator’s licence.

To read or print the entire guidance, please visit The Department for Transport website.


Road Traffic Estimates: Scotland 2015

The latest road casualty estimates on Scottish roads were released by Transport Scotland.

According to the estimates, in 2015, there were a total of 10,950 road casualties reported, which is 357 or 3% fewer than 2014 and the lowest number of casualties since records began in 1950.

Other key findings are:

  • 162 fatalities: 41 (or 20%) less than 2014
  • 1,597 seriously injured: 107 (or 6%) less than 2014
  • 9,191 slightly injured: 209 (or 2%) fewer than 2014
  • 6,701 car users injured (84, 1% less than 2014); including 72 fatalities (22 less than 2014)
  • 1,688 pedestrian casualties (66, 4% less than 2014); including 41 fatalities (18 less than 2014)
  • 734 motorcycle casualties (94, 11% less than 2014); including 27 fatalities (3 less than 2014)
  • 794 pedal cycle casualties (11% less than 2014); including 5 fatalities (3 fewer than 2014)
  • 332 bus and coach user casualties (41, 27% more than 2014)

If you want to read the full document, please visit the Transport Scotland website.

Reported Road Casualties Great Britain, provisional estimates

The quarterly provisional estimates provide in-year statistics of personal injury road accidents and their casualties. These are published to allow emerging trends to be monitored between the publications of annual figures.

In reported road traffic accidents for the year ending March 2016:

  • there were 1,780 road deaths, unchanged from the year ending March 2015
  • 24,610 people were killed or seriously injured
  • there were 187,050 casualties of all severities
  • motor traffic levels rose by 1.8% over the same period

Between January and March 2016:

  • 430 people were killed, a 13% increase from 380 people in January to March 2015
  • KSI casualties increased by 14% with overall total casualties up by 2% compared with January to March 2015

If you want to read the full document, please visit The Department for Transport website.

Statistics on personal injury drink drive accidents in Great Britain

The final estimates for 2014 show:

  • between 220 and 260 people were killed in Great Britain where at least 1 driver was over the drink drive limit
  • the number of seriously injured casualties in drink drive accidents decreased by 3% from 1,100 in 2013 to 1,070
  • the total number of casualties of all types in drink drive accidents is 8,210
  • the total number of drink drive accidents of all severities fell by 1% to 5,620

Provisional estimates for 2015 show there were:

  • between 200 and 290 deaths in drink drive accidents

For more information visit The Department for Transport website.

RAC Telematics Report 2016

RAC carried out a survey with 1,000 UK businesses to track and monitor attitudes to telematics use, including black box devices, smartphone apps and other tracking technology.

The findings of the report show that the number of UK businesses which are using telematics vehicle tracking technology in 2016 has almost doubled since2015. The report also found:

  • Almost two thirds (65%) of all businesses surveyed now use telematics devices in their vehicles (including black box and smartphone apps) compared to 38% in 2015.
  • Businesses across all sectors have increased their use of telematics according to the survey with business services the highest at 70%, retail at 67% and construction take-up at 66%.
  • While in terms of business size, 51% of sole traders say they are using the technology now compared to 14% last year, and 58% of small firms with 50 staff or fewer said they use telematics compared to 25% last year - more than double the percentage. At the other end of the scale, in the corporate sector, (1,000 to 5,000 employees) usage has gone from 29% to 67%.
  • Businesses which say they use telematics cite benefits such as lower fuel costs (55%), fewer accidents (43%) and a reduction in maintenance costs (31%) among the top reasons for introducing telematics to their fleets.

The report also looks ahead to what businesses want to see from the technology in the future, such as greater integration with other motoring services, including breakdown and accident management.

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For a copy of the full RAC Telematics report, go to the RAC Business website.

MORR Case Studies

If you have a MORR policy which we can add to the ScORSA case study page of the website we would like to hear from you. This could be a whole MORR policy document or simply parts of a MORR policy that you are willing to share with other businesses. (Please email

FREE ScORSA Resources

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) still has A4 notepads which feature various road safety messages and key rings with our campaign ethos of Come Home Safe available. 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.