Responsible Procurement – The Only Way
It is evident that change is needed to help improve the safety of all road users, but particularly pedestrians and cyclists. Reducing the risks posed to, and by, vulnerable road users through contractual agreement is a simple step that any organisation with purchasing power can make. Responsible procurement means adopting many ethical measures but should include a commitment to manage any activity that has the potential to cause harm. It also demands a mindset change by individuals throughout the supply chain.
The good news is that the way has already been paved by the construction industry which has provided a clear framework which others can follow. To maximise success, the campaign to reduce road risk in supply chains requires collaboration, consistency and collective buying power.
RiSC – Reducing road risk in supply chains, aims to normalise the employment of safe fleet operations through the common application of contractual road risk requirements. These include:
• Safer Management – Meeting the standard of an approved independent fleet management audit
• Safer Drivers – Confirming drivers are medically fit, are trained on road risk and their driving licences checked through DVLA
• Safer Vehicles – Ensuring vehicles are roadworthy and fitted with safety equipment to help protect drivers and vulnerable road users.
By implementing simple, cost effective control measures to existing responsible procurement practices demonstrates that reducing road risk is an operational prerequisite, is being managed and monitored, and, ultimately, will save lives.