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Cambridge Company is First to Mean Business Over Road Safety

19 March 2008

Cambridge Car and Van Rental have become the first company to achieve Cambridgeshire County Council’s “Road Safety: We Mean Business” Certification as part of the Department for Transport’s Driving for Better Business Programme, managed by RoadSafe.

Acting as a strand of the Driving for Better Business Programme’s pilot phase, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Road Safety Team is offering free places to local companies on how to manage their work related road safety. The course assists them in writing their own work related road safety policies and to understand the implications of forthcoming legislative changes.

After attending a course Cambridge Car and Van Rental has become the first company in the County to gain a certificate and have made a commitment to improve the safety of their employees who drive for work.

Debbie Buttress from Cambridge Car and Van Rental, who attended the seminar, said “At Cambridge Car and Van Rental we take safety very seriously and driving vehicles is a main part of our business. By having a policy we hope to make all staff more aware of the importance of road safety and consequently reduce the risk of accidents. The seminar was extremely informative and helpful. It made writing the policy easier and it was good to know I had the support there if I needed it.”

Jenny Stannard, Road Safety Project Manager for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We are pleased so many companies have started looking at ways to improve road safety within their organisation, and proud of the work Cambridge Car and Van Rental have done achieving this standard. During 2005 and 2006, almost one in five of all drivers killed or seriously injured in Cambridgeshire were driving for work. By working with companies like Cambridge Car and Van Rental, we hope together we can help to reduce casualties on Cambridgeshire Roads. Additionally, companies, like Cambridge Car and Van rental who do manage their work related road safety, can also benefit from enhanced company reputation. ”

There are still some places available on the remaining seminars and are free to any company within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area. To book your place on one of the seminars, please contact the road safety team on 01480 375 105 or email jenny.stannard@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Dates for further seminars are as follows:

  • Deaf Blind UK, Peterborough, 10th April 2008
  • Temple Conference Centre, Abington, 24th April 2008