Companies are being offered the chance to keep fleet drivers out of harm’s way thanks to a new safety course.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) 5-day training Driving Mentor and Assessor Programme is aimed at people behind in-house company driving assessments.
The charity says the course will equip them with the skills needed to mentor and assess drivers.
Role-play and written support
Tuition involves role-play scenarios to make assessors better at analysing, singling out and providing spoken and written support to fleet drivers who need to up their game.
RoSPA has developed the programme after working with SSE.
It helped to enhance the quality of the power company’s fleet drivers across 7,500 vehicles responsible for 40 million-plus annual miles.
RoSPA puts mentors under microscope
RoSPA’s occupational road test will examine driving mentors as part of their qualifying procedure.
Driving education goals, learning company processes and policy, in-vehicle training and group exercise will also form part of the programme.
Fleet safety audit manager for RoSPA, Colin Knight Is encouraging companies and organisations to submit their assessors for the course.
Delegates will learn how human factors spark occupational road dangers that pose a threat to company drivers on a daily basis.
Mr Knight says the course will empower attendees to take ownership of passing on the knowledge to bosses and drivers on key issues. They can also all work together to create in-house driver improvement initiatives.
The “game-changing” course should also enable them to change driver mindsets for the better, Mr Knight added.
Road dangers are top priority
Mr Knight spoke of his pride in working with SSE to help shape this course, while SSE says that driving and supervising road dangers is among its top priorities.
Successful attendees will get a RoSPA certificate to show they have gained a pass in its Driver Assessing and Mentoring and Occupational Advanced Driving tests.
Birmingham’s Kings Norton is usually home to the course at its driver training academy, But RoSPA can offer the training at a company’s HQ or any other mutually-agreed alternative place.
Date Published: February 15, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown