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Vehicle downtimeBalfour News digestBeattyThames WaterCar Recruitmentreviews'Measures have achieved 5% reduction in travel and transport CO2 emissions'Jeff Livingston, Forestry CommissionEssential weekly vehicle checklistClick here to downloadand transport option is used in terms of cost and CO2 emissions," explains Jeff Livingston, the Forestry Commission's head of mechanical engi-neering services. "Each country division within the Forestry Commission has a policy that sets criteria for vehicle selection that leads towards the most efficient vehicle for each application. These measures have achieved 5% reductions in travel and transport CO2 emissions over the past three years."There is no specific directive to extend the term of vans at the Forestry Commission, but this is reviewed regularly. Business-use car terms are being extended to up to five years, as are manage-ment cars, although this requires the agreement of the drivers, who contribute to the costs. Livingston believes the key drivers for reducing downtime is carrying out work near where vehicles are used. "Having repairs and maintenance carried out close to vehicles' operating areas is a key feature of our vehicle strategy for minimising downtime. Private sector garages are used for all management car repairs and mainte-nance and, when suitable, for busi-ness-use vehicle repairs and mainte-nance," Livingston says.For Centrica, choosing effective and reliable vehicles is equally as impor-tant. "Choosing the most efficient cost effective and reliable vehicles for our fleet and having an effective down time control system and processes to ensure when a vehicle goes off the road we are on the case and chasing suppliers to fix it fast," says Marriot.Planning scheduled maintenance effectively will minimise downtime

Vehicle downtimeBalfour News digestBeattyThames WaterCar RecruitmentreviewsMinimising driver risk on the road to 'zero harm'By Gareth RobertsBalfour Beatty Utility Solutions is investing millions of pounds to ensure it has one of the safest fleets on the road.To help it achieve this aim, the company has deployed two innovative systems - RiskMaster and GreenRoad's G-unit monitoring device. Working in tandem, the solutions use a range of data to determine when a driver is high risk, allowing the company's insurance and risk team to inter-vene and prevent incidents occurring by sanctioning driver training."RiskMaster allows us to get an upfront picture of where the risks lay with our drivers," explained Brent Mitchell, director of operations support, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS)."But by using it in conjunction with the GreenRoad system - our 'near miss' tool - we've been able to clearly identify where the risks lay and how we can target them appropriately." Minimising driver risk is central to Balfour Beatty's group-wide Zero Harm initiative, which is designed to create an environment by 2012 where there is no risk of any kind to the public, zero risk of fatality or serious injury to the workforce and zero risk of long-term health damage.But Mitchell said there was no "silver bullet" to minimising risk. Instead, he divides driver risk into three distinct areas: the driver, vehicle and journey. He said: "We had a degree of knowledge about our drivers, but the risks were not completely visible and counter measures were not particularly well targeted. We needed a complete picture." The company was looking for a risk management system that would be capable of identifying a risk at an early enough stage to allow for a proactive intervention. It decided on RiskMaster because it combines DVLA licence checking and driver online Balfour Beatty's fleet deploys two innovative systems to help achieve safety targetUtilities Balfour Beatty Utility SolutionsContinues over'We've been able to clearly identify where the risks lay and how we can target them appropriately'Brent Mitchell, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions