South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb)
has been shortlisted in the Brake Fleet Safety Awards 2016 in three
categories – the Company Driver Safety Award, the Eco Fleet Award
and the Fleet Safety Innovation Award.

‘Brake’, the road safety charity, organises the annual awards
scheme to recognise the achievements of suppliers and operators
working to reduce the number of crashes involving people who are
driving as part of their work. They also hold an annual safety
conference, bringing together fleet managers and suppliers to share
best practice in managing road risk.  

SECAmb’s fleet, which covers a combined 17 million miles per
year, has seen a number of ground breaking initiatives introduced
through a driver safety programme. It has incorporated new
technology including Dynamic Speed Control (to reduce the Trust’s
CO2 footprint), Telematics (to monitoring driver behaviour), CCTV
(enabling identification of poor driving and improve driver
training) and Specialist Training vehicles. An Ambulance Driver
Risk Indexing tool (ADRI) can assess drivers’ behaviours, measuring
at-work driver risk and delivering a range of interventions such as
intensified training to those deemed ‘at risk’. 

Last year SECAmb won the Blue Light & Public Sector Fleet of
the Year at the Commercial Fleet Awards 2015. It was also commended
in the Green Fleet Awards 2015 and recently missed out on the top
spot in the Technical Excellence category at the Motor Transport
Awards 2016.

SECAmb’s Head of Fleet and Logistics John Griffiths said: “I am
delighted for everyone in the Fleet and Logistics Team that our
efforts have been selected once again in no less than three
categories.  It illustrates how much we have steamed ahead
recently in developing and innovating our fleet of vehicles with
safety, operational and financial efficiencies in mind as well as
reducing our carbon footprint in the process.”

Ellie Pearson, Professional Engagement Manager at Brake said:
“We’ve been incredibly impressed by SECAmb and their entry into our
Fleet Safety Awards.  It is fantastic that they are making a
real effort to end the needless crashes on our roads as a result of
at-work drivers.  Our judges now have the difficult task of
choosing winners and we wish SECAmb the best of luck with their
entries and look forward to seeing them all at our awards.”

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 29
September 2016.