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22 March 2010

One of Yorkshire’s leading Law Firms will be hosting a Harrogate event to encourage local businesses to manage their at-work drivers better. York and Lincoln-based Langleys, the largest firm of solicitors in North and East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, became the first legal firm to join the Driving for Better Business campaign as a “Business Champion” when they completed their case study in mid-February. The event will be a “Breakfast Seminar”, to be held at 0800 hours tomorrow Tuesday 23 Mar 2010 in Harrogate’s White Hart Hotel.

“Business Champions” are firms prepared to work through employer networks and associations to deliver awareness to a business audience about the benefits they enjoy from managing their drivers effectively. Uniquely among the existing ‘Business Champions’, Langleys have first-hand knowledge of the potential life-changing consequences which a road crash or a breach of road traffic laws and health and safety legislation can have. The Driving for Better Business website will run a profile on Langleys beginning on 31 March. Langleys carried out a review of their at-work driving policies and procedures. As a result there was major cultural shift in the business and the strengthening of its ethos of collective and individual responsibility for safety.

Langleys are working with the Harrogate Group of Advanced Motorists to encourage local businesses to look at how they manage their employees who drive for work. During the “Breakfast Seminar” Langleys expert Jeremy Scott, Head of the Regulatory and Corporate Defence team, will look at employers’ legal obligations. Nigel Eggleton, Sales and Marketing Director at Transdev, will present a case study showing how Transdev meets these obligations. Driving for Better Business’s Mike Parish will brief the meeting about the business benefits of taking part in the campaign.

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