Royal Mail successfully implements Virtual Risk Manager
Royal Mail has one of the largest fleets in the UK. As a consequence, it has 90,000 people who drive as part of their job.
In 2007 Phil O’Gorman (the General Manager of Royal Mail Vehicle Services) developed a proposal to introduce mandatory risk assessments for all drivers. Part of the programme was to fit telemetry (vehicle tracking devices) on 8,000 of its vehicles.
To support the business case, comparative data from the Fleet Safety Benchmarking Project was used. The data compared Royal Mail’s performance against many other external organisations. Royal Mail had found it historically difficult to compare itself with companies of a similar sized fleet or operation. Through the Benchmarking Project, Royal Mail was able to find data on similar companies.
Pilots identified the benefits of both driver risk assessments and telemetry. The business case was then signed-up to by the Royal Mail Board. The company is now rolling-out risk assessments to all its drivers. During 2008 and 2009 over 53,000 have had their driving risk exposure measured on Virtual Risk Manager®. Almost 30,000 have fully completed the on-line risk assessment, 22,000 the online training modules and 15,000 DVLA licence checks.