RMG/CWU/’Brake’ National Road Safety Week – ‘Road Safety Heroes’ Campaign 15-21 November 2021 – ‘Follow The 5 S’s:
We have today received notice of next week’s ‘Brake’ National Road Safety Week being supported by Royal Mail Group and despite the late notice CWU will again be supporting the road safety campaign.
Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event. Every year, thousands of companies, fleet operators, schools, organisations, trade unions and communities get involved to shout out for our right to make safe and healthy journeys every day. The theme of Road Safety Week 2021 is ‘ROAD SAFETY HEROES’, celebrating the heroic work of road safety professionals and those driving safely plus explaining how we can all play a part in making journeys safer for everyone.
‘Brake’ is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads. ‘Brake’ has been working since 1995 to make a difference across the UK.
Royal Mail Group, the CWU and Unite/CMA will be supporting the 2021 ‘Brake’ Road Safety Charity’s annual national Road Safety Campaign again this year when it takes place next week from 15-21 November and the idea is all about raising the awareness of road safety to all drivers in Royal Mail, Parcelforce, RMP&FS, RMSS, RM Fleet etc.
The campaign will concentrate on a number of key messages to drivers and managers with the emphasis on how important it is for drivers to ensure that they always drive safely and make road journeys safe for everyone.
Follow The 5 S’s:
Next week Royal Mail, Parcelforce and all other parts of Royal Mail Group will be asking drivers to be a ‘Road Safety Hero’ by following the 5 S’s:
- Slow – drive at an appropriate speed for the road and conditions, and always within the speed limit. This significantly reduces your chances of being involved in a collision and if you are, it reduces the likelihood of someone getting hurt.
- Sober – plan ahead and never drive after taking drugs or alcohol. Speak up if someone is about to drive when you know they shouldn’t, and never get into a vehicle with them. Mates don’t let mates drink/drug drive.
- Secure – always wear your seatbelt, no exceptions! and ensure that anybody else in your vehicle does too. 261 UK drivers killed in 2018 were not wearing their seatbelt.
- Silent – never take or make calls, or use a phone for any other reason whilst driving. Turn it off or set it to silent and put it out of sight. Remember Royal Mail Group policy prohibits any use of a mobile phone whilst driving, even hands-free.
- Sharp – never drive tired and make sure you take adequate rest. Be aware of drivers’ hours rules which apply to van and truck drivers. Get your eyesight tested at least every two years.
Following these rules will help to protect drivers, passengers, other road users and pedestrians against the main causes of road deaths. They will keep drivers safe at work, and also help to keep drivers and their family and friends safe when away from work. You might never know it, but you may just save a life! – Thank you, and Safe Driving!
See attached RMG Staff WTLL/Huddle for next week’s National Road Safety Week. The campaign will include supporting messages on the RMTV screens and on ‘Workplace’.
RMG will be giving away vouchers to some of the best scoring telemetry drivers during the week. The Royal Mail Group Road Safety Manager has apologised for the late notice of the campaign week and dispatch of materials.
Benefits of the Campaign:
- Improved compliance with RMG Policy and Road Traffic Law.
- Increase awareness amongst drivers and managers.
- Reduction in road traffic collisions.
CWU ASR Support and Participation:
- CWU/ASR full support and participation is much appreciated by Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide, RMSS, RMP&FS and CWU HQ.
- Engage front line managers and ask them if they’ve delivered the Road Safety Week message, WTLL/Huddle?
- Ask managers – have they made all drivers aware of the 5 S’s actions they need to take?
- Check that drivers have received the Road Safety Week WTLL/Huddle briefing.
- Carry out safety inspections and increase Road Safety Week awareness.
- Remind drivers to carry out their safety checks before they set out on their journeys during Road Safety Week.
Further information on the ‘Brake’ Road Safety Week can be found on their website:
- SHE Huddle FY21 040 Road Safety Week
Thanks for your support and assistance.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer