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DRIVERFOCUS APP "HIGHLY COMMENDED" AT 2017 BRAKE FLEET SAFETY AWARDS
[Press Release]
Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland – October 4th, 2017:  

DriverFocus, a 10-year-old Dublin-based technology company was “Highly Commended” for its DriveNtell App by the Brake Road Safety Charity, at the prestigious Fleet Safety Awards in Birmingham last Thursday night.  DriverFocus was one of six companies shortlisted in the “Fleet Safety Product Award” category, along with British Gas and Renault Trucks.  

The DriveNtell App is used by employers to manage driving-related costs and risks.  The App works by simply pairing a self-install, non-tracking Bluetooth device. Personalised feedback, including peer ratings and tips on how to improve is provided directly to users.

Speaking after the Awards gala, Ron McNamara, CEO of DriverFocus said “to be recognised like this by Brake is a fantastic achievement for our hard-working team. DriveNtell is a product of eight years of research and field-testing with employers, drivers, instructors and other road safety experts. We truly believe that most at-work collisions are preventable, when employers are proactive about using proven risk management tools such as DriveNtell. I congratulate all the other Award winners, highly commended and nominated companies who are striving to protect lives through innovation”.

This is actually the second time that DriverFocus has featured in the Brake Awards.  In 2013, Irish company and long-time DriverFocus client, ABB Ireland, claimed the top Driver Safety Award (smaller fleets) at the annual Awards.  ABB Ireland was also shortlisted for a second award, the Fleet Safety Partnership Award (with DriverFocus).  

Full List of Winners can be found here

Full Press Release Here




DriverFocus Connected Car App Shortlisted for Top UK Fleet Safety Product Award
[Press Release

August 2nd, 2017

DriverFocus, a 10-year-old Dublin-based technology company has been shortlisted for a prestigious Brake Road Safety Charity, Fleet Safety Award.  The nomination, under the “Fleet Safety Product Award” category, is for DriveNtell, an App and Cloud-based service used by employers to manage driving-related costs and risks.  

This is also the second time that DriverFocus has featured in the Brake Awards.  In 2013, Irish company and DriverFocus client, ABB Ireland, claimed the top Driver Safety Award (smaller fleets) at the annual Brake Fleet Safety Forum Gala in Birmingham, UK.  ABB Ireland was also shortlisted for a second award, the Fleet Safety Partnership Award (with DriverFocus). 

The DriveNtell App simply pairs with a small, self-install Bluetooth device. Personalised feedback, including peer ratings and tips on how to improve is provided directly to users.

Speaking after the Award nomination, Ron McNamara, CEO of DriverFocus said “we are delighted to be shortlisted for this key industry award.  DriveNtell is a product of eight years of research and field-testing with employers, drivers, instructors and other road safety experts. We firmly believe that most collisions are preventable, so witnessing employers proactively reduce this risk exposure with DriveNtell is hugely rewarding. I would also like to congratulate the five other nominated companies in our award category – ultimately, we are all aiming to save lives”.

 

Notes:

About Brake and the Fleet Safety Forum Awards: Brake<http://www.brake.org.uk/> is a charity organisation and exists because every 30 seconds someone, somewhere, is killed in a road crash. Brake believes the misery of road deaths and injuries, and the pollution of our planet by vehicles, is a shameful epidemic. With your help, Brake in the UK campaigns to stop the carnage and supports the victims.  Learn about their work in the UK by browsing their site, or visit www.fleetsafetyawards.com.  Brake is funded by kind donations from individuals, companies and charitable grants.
 

Full Press Release here

 

 

The Road To Hell?

31st October, 2016

Insurance is back in the spotlight as the average premium for motorists has risen by 38% in the past year, with even more bad news expected.  While insurance providers blame increasing claims, businesses with staff who drive at work also absorb uninsured losses arising from a collision.  These losses are often a multiple of the recovered, “bent metal” cost.  This article looks at how employers can better control this mobile workplace, save money and save lives.

Background

We can all be proud of the fact that Ireland has become one of the safest countries in the world in which to drive.  Between 2008 and 2013, the number of fatalities on our roads fell by more than 32%.  This was no accident.  Just as there are many contributory factors to a crash, there are many reasons for this improvement. 

However, in terms of factors, the “low-hanging fruit” has been picked and sadly, the number of lives being saved has halted.  Now, the challenge for us all – drivers and employers - is to do what we can to change ingrained bad habits and practices.  Naturally, everyone is for road safety.  The problem, is that we know “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

Driving for Work

As the RSA says, collisions are not accidents.  As employers, we must start with the premise that collisions are both predictable and preventable.  Today, too few businesses seem aware of the actions they can take to reduce crash risk.  Instead, many rely on a basic driver licence check, motor insurance and too often simply add, “touch wood”.

Research conducted by the RSA & Health and Safety Authority (“HSA”) in August 2011, among 500 employers showed that - despite clearly having joint responsibility with drivers for safe driving for work under Health & Safety Law - many employers in Ireland do not have adequate management systems in place to tackle driving:

·                     47% had no policies or procedures for managing Driving for Work

·                     62% did not provide information to those who Driving for Work

·                     47% had no incident reporting system

·                     17% had details of average kilometres per employee

·                     84% planned no training in next 12 months

Minimising Collisions & Incidents

In much the same way as road risk management has worked at national level, it is also proven to work at enterprise level.  Quite simply, employers have a captive audience of drivers and can positively influence the driving environment to reduce liability, loss & harm exposure.

Understanding exactly where driving-related risk lies in any organisation should begin with an objective risk assessment of Driver, Vehicle, Journey and Management factors.   Capturing relevant data in one place, will help identify who is most at-risk, why they are and what risks are common across the business.  Reasonable and practicable interventions encompassing “instruction, information, training and supervision” help create an environment that supports and expects good driving.  These activities are shown to achieve the ultimate goal of reducing the frequency and severity of collisions.

Author: Ron McNamara, Managing Director, DriverFocus

Source: Above is an extract from a NISO Update Magazine, Autumn 2016 article - Full article here (See pages 6-7)
 

HSA/RSA/Gardaí - October Driving for Work Seminars

4 October 2013

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Síochána are running a series of FREE seminars across Ireland designed to help employers put in place safe Driving for Work Risk Management practices.

Seminar dates and locations are as follows:

  • Wednesday 9th October - The Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway City
  • Wednesday 23rd October - The Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
  • Thursday 24th October - Green Isle Hotel, Newlands Cross, Dublin 22

Presentations by the RSA, HSA and An Garda Síochána will help business owners, managers and supervisors understand how effective management of risks associated with driving cars, vans and trucks for work can keep their employees safe, protect their business and benefit their bottom line.

In addition to these presentations, representatives from four DriverFocus clients - ABB, Bord Gáis, Coillte and Thorntons Recycling - will each present a case study on how they have successfully implemented driving for work practices in their businesses and achieved cost savings.  Case studies will be available after the seminars on www.driverfocus.ie.

There will be a Q&A session during the seminars which and you are encouraged to participate in, as well as opportunities to engage with the speakers during a networking coffee break.

To find out more and register, simply go to the dedicated seminar website at www.drivingforwork.ie

We look forward to seeing you there!  


Steering Clear of Costly Crashes

30 July 2013

Extract from:  Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Network News Summer 2013

We can all be proud of the fact that Ireland has become one of the safest countries in the world in which to drive.
Between 2006 and 2012, the number of fatalities on Irish roads has fallen by more than 50%.  This was no accident - there are many reasons for this improved performance.  As a country, our attitude towards road safety and our individual behaviour behind the wheel has improved.  Credit must also go to the focus on road safety brought about by the establishment of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) in Sept 2006 and its proactive management of road risk.  The RSA works successfully in partnership with other authorities, a wide range of interest groups and communities to drive home awareness of risks associated with driving and our individual role in improving road safety.  This challenge to all of us is based on the premise that collisions are both predictable and preventable.
 
The new National Road Safety Strategy (2013-2020) launched by the RSA in March 2013 calls for “special consideration to be given to work-related vehicle safety issues” to help avoid the estimated 150 fatal or serious injuries attributed to driving for work each year.

Research conducted by the RSA & Health and Safety Authority (“HSA”) in August 2011, among 500 employers shows that - despite clearly having joint responsibility with drivers for safe driving for work under Health & Safety Law - many employers do not have adequate management systems relating to driving: 
• 47% had no policies or procedures for managing Driving For Work
• 62% did not provide information to those who Driving For Work
• 47% had no incident reporting system
• 17% had details of average kilometres per employee
• 84% planned no training in next 12 months.

Along with duty-of-care compliance, being proactive in measuring and managing driving activities has a strong financial business case and Corporate Responsibility benefits.

In much the same way as driver risk management has worked at national level, it can and does work at enterprise level too.  Employers have a captive audience of drivers and can positively influence the driving environment to reduce liability, loss & harm exposure.Understanding exactly where driving-related risk lies in your organisation should begin with an objective risk assessment of Driver, Vehicle, Journey and Management factors.   

Capturing relevant data will help identify who is most at-risk, why they are and what risks are common across the organisation.  “Reasonable and practicable” interventions encompassing “instruction, information, training and supervision” go a long way towards the ultimate goal of reducing the frequency and severity of collisions.

Full Article: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Network News Summer 2013 (see page 16)

Further Information: www.vehiclesatwork.ie, www.hsa.ie, www.rsa.ie