The PACTS Conference, Driving Down Risk – work-related road safety in the gig economy era, will take place on 28 March at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster.
Each year in Great Britain there are around 500 work-related road deaths, approximately 30 percent of all road deaths. This far exceeds the number of deaths in the workplace reported by the Health & Safety Executive.
Employers have responsibilities for the safety of their workforce on the roads. They also have levers which can be used to deliver safer driving, levers which don’t apply to private road users.
There is new energy to tackle the issue: Highways England’s Driving for Better Business scheme, multi-agency initiatives involving the HSE, DVSA and others, while the Department for Transport is encouraging uptake of safer vehicles. Telematics technology offers employers new abilities to manage fuel consumption, fleet efficiency and safety. At the same time, the gig economy is presenting new challenges and risks for drivers and riders.
This conference will bring together the key players in this sector, highlighting public policy, good practice, new research and technology and management practice.
Jesse Norman MP, Minister of State for Roads (invited)
Anne-Marie Penny, Senior Programme Manager, Road User Safety, Highways England
Alan Craddock, Head of Transport and Public Services Unit, Health & Safety Executive
Heather Ward, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, UCL
Andrew Kemp, Driver Safety Manager, Tesco
Dave Conway, Quality & Environmental Manager, FM Conway
Huw Bevan, UK Head of Safety, Uber
Dave West, Regional SHEQ Coach, Biffa
George Lee, Chief Executive, Highways Term Maintenance Association