Royal Mail Group Wide (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, RMSS, RMP&FS, RM Fleet etc) – Driver/Road Safety ‘Seatbelts’ Campaign – W/C 23 May 2022 (RMG SHE Huddle/Briefing FY22 025 – Seatbelt Safety):
During this Road Safety Campaign, Royal Mail Group and the CWU are once again raising awareness of the vital importance of wearing seatbelts at all times whilst driving. Not wearing a seatbelt can lead to serious injury or death and Royal Mail and Parcelforce drivers place themselves at risk of prosecution if they drive an official fleet vehicle without wearing the seatbelt.
Seatbelt Urban Myth:
It is an ‘urban myth’, still circulating within the organisation, that collection and delivery vehicle drivers are ‘exempt’ from seatbelt wearing when in fact nothing could be further from the truth – there is no exemption – so the message is to CWU members who are drivers – DON’T LEARN THE HARD WAY!
All Royal Mail and Parcelforce drivers, as well as those working for RMSS, RMP&FS, RM Fleet and RM Engineering, have a responsibility to drive safely and minimise risk to both themselves and the public. As part of a business-wide focus on seatbelts during this road safety communications campaign week, Royal Mail Group and the CWU are jointly sharing a collection of road safety messages, materials, resources and visuals with drivers in all functions on seatbelts during the week commencing Monday 23 May.
Background and context:
It is compulsory to wear a seatbelt at all times when driving a Royal Mail Group vehicle – that message cannot be emphasised and repeated enough. The law and Royal Mail Policy applies to all drivers and passengers of all fleet vehicles who must wear their seatbelts at all times.
Facts and Figures:
- Seatbelts are reported to save over 2,000 lives per year.
- In the event of a serious collision you are twice as likely to die if you are not wearing a seatbelt.
- Sadly, people die on the road every year because they weren’t wearing a seatbelt – DON’T LET IT BE YOU NEXT!
- A third of those killed in road crashes were not wearing a seatbelt which could have saved their lives.
- Road safety charity ‘BRAKE’, RoSPA, the RAC and AA inform us that wearing a seatbelt reduces a driver’s chances of being killed by 50% and serious injury by 45%.
- General Police figures have recorded over 3,500 inside the vehicle offences and one of the most common offences was drivers not wearing their seatbelt.
- Seatbelts keep people in their seats and so prevent or reduce injuries suffered in a crash. Even at low speeds they ensure that as little contact as possible is made between the occupant and vehicle interior and at higher speeds, they prevent you being thrown from the vehicle.
SeatBelt Laws and Royal Mail Standard:
- All occupants of a vehicle are legally required to wear a seatbelt – it only takes seconds to belt up.
- Drives face a fine of up to £500. In Northern Ireland drivers also get three penalty points added to their driving licence and there are plans to add three penalty points to the punishment in the rest of the UK.
- It’s a myth that Royal Mail and Parcelforce drivers are exempt from seatbelt laws. The law and Royal Mail’s mandatory policy means that you must wear a seatbelt at all times – NO EXEMPTIONS!
- Failure to wear your seatbelt is also a breach of Royal Mail rules and Business Standards.
- Drivers must carry out their vehicle pre-use checks and check the seatbelts as part of those vehicle checks.
- Any damage or fault found must be reported immediately to the Manager and the PMT1 fault report submitted and process followed.
- Drivers must not drive a vehicle with a faulty seatbelt! The vehicle must be repaired before being returned to service.
Interactive Polls and Communication Channels:
During the seatbelt driver safety campaign week there will be interactive polls on the Royal Mail intranet testing drivers’ knowledge and facts about wearing seatbelts. It’s intended to raise awareness, spread the word and generate debate. A number of videos will also be aired on Royal Mail Group communication channels, intranet, RMTV and unit plasma screens with the Chief Operating Officer speaking on the importance of wearing a seatbelt and a Royal Mail employee talks about his experience of a road traffic accident in which the seatbelt saved his life.
Managers Actions During The Week:
Carry out spot-checks in the yard, check for vehicles with seatbelts plugged in and hold driver briefings/safety conversations with drivers ensuring they understand the importance of wearing their seatbelt, the rules and the law.
- ASRs will be fully involved in the Road Safety Week Campaign.
- ASRs’ full support and participation would be much appreciated by Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide and CWU HQ.
- Check that the Front-Line Manager has delivered the Huddle/briefing.
- Check that Unit Managers/PiCs have made all drivers fully aware of seatbelt safety and requirements.
- Carry out a safety inspection.
- Check that drivers are aware of the seatbelt campaign.
- Have they seen the slides?
- Are they aware of and follow Royal Mail policy and the law on wearing a seatbelt at all times whilst driving?
- Carry out gate checks on drivers leaving and entering the unit to see if seatbelts are being worn, and remind drivers of the requirement.
- RMG SHE Huddle/Briefing FY025 22 – Seatbelt Safety.
- Copy of the ‘Buckle-Up’ campaign slides that appear on unit plasma screens/RMTV etc.
- ‘Wear Your Seatbelt’ campaign posters.
- 2019 CWU Article – how a seatbelt saved the life of CWU member and 7.5t Parcelforce lorry driver Carl Prendergast.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer