ESB Host First Cross-Industry Forum

Last week in Newbridge, Co Kildare, saw the hosting of the first Cross-Industry Forum on Road Safety in Ireland.  This successful half-day event is an inspired initiative by the ESB and is just one of a number of elements of the company's "Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020: Our Journey To Excellence".

Leading road safety champions and DriverFocus clients, ESB, ABB, Irish Rail, SSE and Ervia were joined by representatives from eir, An Post, KTL, KN Networks and other organisations to share their experience and best-practices in managing work-related road risk.  Well-planned and ably facilitated, there was fantastic, active participation from all, in the series of workshops, which covered a wide-range of driving-related topics including grey fleet, driver behaviour, telematics, audits, distraction, driver communications, driving for work policies and daily vehicle checks. 

DriverFocus and FTA Ireland were invited along to support the forum with stands featuring relevant information and resources.

At the close, strong interest expressed for the next event, with several offers to host - a definite sign that the Forum was heading in the right direction!

Further information: ESB Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020

Related: Kudos to ESB (LinkedIn Post)

IOSH Work-Related Road Safety Webinar Live

With driving being one of the most hazardous work activities conducted by a huge percentage of employees, IOSH is hosting a webinar on Work-Related Road Safety, jointly presented by Professor Anne Drummond of UCD and Deirdre Sinnott McFeat of the HSA.

Following on from research which IOSH published last year on fatal road collisions in the Republic of Ireland, it examines the issue and provides advice for employers on how they can ensure their employees are safe on the roads, pointing to important resources which are available.

You can access the webinar here
You can also view more on IOSH’s research here

NVD Leads With Two International Awards, Case Study

This month, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) announced the 2017 winners of the PRAISE awards, in recognition of outstanding efforts taken by companies to improve road safety at work.

The large company award goes to National Vehicle Distribution (NVD), a family-owned vehicle transportation and storage company in Ireland. 

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said:

“This year’s inspiring award winners demonstrate that road safety of employees is not just a company’s responsibility, it also makes for good business. PRAISE award winners have shown time and again that company-wide road safety programmes reduce insurance and fleet costs, cut employee sick days and improve customer service.

The PRAISE Awards judges said:

“NVD stood out in terms of their holistic approach to driver risk management. They have a huge focus on driver selection, training and ongoing management as well as strong evidence of daily interventions of a deterrent and enforcement nature with drivers to influence behaviour. A proactive company with a focus on safety, they learn from past incidents and find solutions to avoid them in the future. They also have clear performance targets and support positive reinforcement with a bonus system for drivers.”

Niall McNally, Head of IT, Business Analysis & HR at NVD also presented the company's compelling case study at the October series of Driving for Work (#DrivingForWork) seminars, hosted by the HSA, RSA and An Garda Siochana. Niall closed by saying that some benefits accruing to the business from the implementation of their safe driving programme, were simply unplanned!

All of this follows an eventful September which saw NVD pick up a prestigious 2017 Brake Fleet Safety Award in the Company Driver Safety Award category.

Here is a full list of award winners and "highly commended" entries (which includes DriverFocus!)

NVD Wins 2017 Driver Safety Award (Small Fleet Category)

NVD Wins 2017 Driver Safety Award (Small Fleet Category)

Please Support EDWARD On Thursday

EDWARD is "European Day Without A Road Death" - an initiative organised by TISPOL, the Traffic Police Network of Europe. The aim of the day is that no one should lose their lives on the road on Thursday 21st September 2017
Watch this short video to see what it was all about
On average 70 people per day, die on EU roads.
To date 111 people have lost their lives on Irish roads this year.
Think about the risks that you and your family face (and create) for others, when you and they use our roads as a motorist, a passenger, a cyclist, or a pedestrian for leisure or work purposes
Please make the pledge now at :

HSA, RSA & Gardaí Announce Driving for Work Seminars

The Health and Safety Authority, Road Safety Authority and An Garda Siochana plan to run a series of nationwide morning seminars in Ireland in October on Managing Driving for Work.

The aim of the seminars is to;

  • outline legal obligations in relation to driving for work activities

  • inform and educate employers about how to implement safe driving for work practices

  • inform employers on key requirements for managing drivers

  • launch new guidance and resources to help employers understand and manage driving for work risks effectively

  • outline key requirements for fleet and vehicle management

  • show best practice examples of companies who effectively manage driving for work and get multiple business benefits.

The October seminar dates and locations are:

5th October,  Cork

6th October,  Dublin

26th October,  Galway

27th October,  Sligo

Book your place now by sending an e-mail to

Fleet Safety Award Winner ABB Features In Guardian

ABB Limited won at the 2013 UK Fleet Safety Awards having worked with DriverFocus to survey all its drivers and assess their risk of collision. Those deemed a medium-to-high risk were given a one-to-one session with a professional advanced driver, followed by guidance on key areas where they could improve.

Mark Sage, Country Sustainability Manager at ABB Ltd, says: “The Safe Driving for Work Programme is tied into an online platform where managers can see how their drivers have performed, their licensing credentials, and what online courses they’ve completed. “Since its inception in 2009, the programme has seen a reduction in motor claim costs of over 50%.”.

Source: Guardian UK