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Sector Skills Council commended for road safety

Placing road safety at the heart of a staff training programme has won praise for GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for passenger transport.

The organisation received a commendation in the Company Driver Safety, small fleet category of this year's Fleet Safety Forum Awards for Excellence - organised by the charity Brake and sponsored by Arval.

GoSkills has developed a driving at work policy that covers a range of health and safety issues. It discourages long return trips by car, asks employees to take appropriate rest breaks and encourages the use of public transport when economical and appropriate. Essential car users are required to have a one-day training programme and driver assessment which, GoSkills says, requires a high standard of achievement to pass.

Peter Huntington, GoSkills' chief executive, said: "I'm delighted that our approach to road safety has been vindicated and allows us to lead by example. While we encourage use of passenger transport among employees, as a UK wide organisation it is inevitable that private vehicles also have to be used. Our team of 11 business advisers and five other mobile staff members did 129,104 miles in 2006, an average of 8,607 miles per employee. It is testament to the professionalism of our employees, our policy and the type of training we have provided."

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