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Wolseley win safe driving award

Builders and plumbers merchants chain Wolseley has won an award from a fleet management publication for its driving and fleet management.

Wolseley won the Fleet Safety Award for Large Fleets, at the 2009 Fleet World Honours.

The merchant, one of the champions of the Government’s ‘Driving for Better Business’ campaign operates a 5,000-strong UK fleet split equally between company cars and commercial vehicles.

They were applauded for their “multi-faceted approach to safe driving over the last four years” which has seen the accident rate drop by more than a half. As a result of the initiative, the amount of cash now clawed back from third parties, which was previously unrecovered, essentially funds the fleet safety programme. In addition, insurance premiums have been more successfully managed.

The safety programme has been implemented and is being championed by Paul Gallemore, Wolseley’s European head of health, safety, environment and quality, who said: “It is an honour to be recognised by our peers within the fleet industry.

“Road crashes are the most likely cause of a business-related fatality. As a result, the ‘Driving for Better Business’ campaign is an opportunity to share best practice externally with other like-minded organisations, business champions and stakeholders.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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