Leading driver training company, RED Driver Risk Management, is calling on all passenger fleet operators to ensure they have regular, effective professional driver training in place for all drivers: “You can’t just be a passenger and expect professional drivers to keep up to the high standards required without the correct training regime in place,” stated Andy Neale, Head of RED’s Risk Management division.  “And you can’t just rely on e-learning systems to provide the level of training needed; drivers are not computers, and this shouldn’t be a tick box exercise when lives are at stake”

The horrifying news from Hampshire of school children injured along with shocking images of the mangled top deck of a school bus, bring the need for quality, ongoing training for passenger carriers into sharp focus. Midland Red (South) Ltd recently admitted failing to ensure the safety of employees and failing to make sure the public was not exposed to risk. The Midland Bus incident resulted in a tragic loss of life. Is there a worrying theme of emerging?

While the Covid pandemic has raised stress levels for everyone, it has placed increased work pressures on professional and commercial drivers, whether they are delivering online shopping or driving school busses.

“It is essential the appropriate, tailored training is put in place by all companies and fleet operators,” says Andy. “Not only does it help ensure the safety of all other road users, passenger and drivers, but it also massively reduces the running costs of fleets, decreases stress levels and improves employee well-being. If these weren’t reason enough, there are huge environmental benefits too. A small investment actually saves companies huge sums in cash terms, let alone lives.”

For further comment or more information:

Andy Mitchell, Commercial Director-RED Driver Risk Management: 07809 507214



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