Countryside Council for Wales
The CCW has approximately 500 staff based in offices across Wales. It has a fleet of more than 120 vehicles and spent nearly £670,000 on its fleet in 2006-07.
A fleet review undertaken by an external consultant in 2004 identified the need to make drivers more aware of their responsibilities when using CCW vehicles or when using their own vehicles for business purposes. The report identified a number of areas of concern including some drivers not having valid driver licences or insurance and private vehicles not being properly maintained.
In 2007, the CCW decided to produce a driver handbook. A project team was established involving facilities management staff including the Transport Manager.
The handbook is designed to be a single document where staff can find all information relating to the use of vehicles for CCW business. Details include:
The handbook was sent to all CCW staff , placed on the intranet and stored in every CCW vehicle.
It is difficult to quantify the specific impacts of the handbook because the CCW has implemented this measure alongside other measures to improve driver safety and efficiency. Nevertheless, the usefulness of providing such information is difficult to dispute and should contribute to a general increase in awareness of driver responsibilities.
The handbook is one of several measures the CCW has implemented to improve efficiency within its fleet and this has resulted in expenditure on fuel reducing from £149,375 in 2006 to £136,212 in 2007.
The driver's handbook helps the Council in fulfilling its duty of care to employees under the Corporate Manslaughter Act.