Royal Mail Road Safety Week: 23 – 27 JulyPostal, Health & Safety July 20 2018
“Don’t forget your vehicle pre-use checks and report any faults as soon as possible,” are the key messages to all Royal Mail drivers, as the July 2018 Road Safety campaign launches on Monday.
The awareness-raising initiative, which is jointly supported by the CWU and the company, will highlight the importance of daily vehicle checks and the fault-reporting process, emphasising the fact that defective vehicles must not be taken out on the road.
Managers will be running driver-tailored activities within the WTLL sessions, including information videos and vehicle inspection training. They must ensure all drivers are aware of the PMT1 vehicle-fault reporting process, allowing them to “report promptly any defects,” that may arise.
Drivers have an amount of time allotted in order to ensure that these checks are completed, and this is supported by a system of fault reporting involving the completion of a PMT1 defect report form and entering details in the vehicle mileage and condition log book.
CWU area safety reps (ASRs) will be fully involved in and consulted on next week’s awareness-raising activities and will help to raise the profile of road safety and “keeping our driver members safe,” is the main aim of the week.
Plasma screens and posters will also be going up in workplaces around the country, as usual, flagging up these key road safety messages.
“Beware of sunshine glare,” is the focus of one of the posters – which is a particular problem in the early mornings and evenings when many of our Royal Mail drivers are operating throughout the country.
With around 40,000 vehicles in its nationwide fleet, last year Royal Mail, Parcelforce and RMSS vehicles were involved in 8,623 road traffic collisions, so the aim is to run these safety campaigns to assist in reducing incidents on the road.
“Even one crash or collision is one too many,” says CWU national health, safety and environment officer Dave Joyce, “and we’re always looking to do all we can to reduce the number of vehicle accidents as low as we can.
“The key aims are accident prevention and legal compliance for our members whilst behind the wheel,” he stressed, “which is why Road Safety Week is so important and next week there’ll be a strong emphasis on pre-use safety checks and fault-reporting.
“So please don’t forget these key points not just for the week but all year round.”
· For further information, please see LTB 407/18
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