Road Risk Collaboration Roadmap CP6
To support organisations to improve awareness of work-related road safety and to encourage the sharing of learning and good practice across the rail industry
To support organisations to promote collaboration and continuous improvement, and to think about work related road safety in relation to operational activities.
To reduce the impact of road risk to each organisation; to those who travel by road for work purposes and to demonstrate the business benefits of managing work related road safety more effectively.
The case for rail industry collaboration around 4 road risk profiles
- Railway employees, including ORR inspectors, BTP officers and those conducting investigations, driving to and from their usual place of work to the railway environment.
- Taxis to transport employees around the network when needed – for example train drivers at the start of their shift.
- Contractors driving to and from home or their usual place of work to the railway environment.
- The aspects of bus replacement and other transport services for passengers and employees contracted by railway companies to the extent that the risks generated by contractors fall to railway companies to control.
A key element to the success of this approach is the role of RDG, the industry sector groups and the active participation of duty holders. This is initially dependant on industry sector groups prioritising road risk as a significant risk, and establishing a sector road risk collaboration forum for organisations to share, learn and drive continuous improvement in the area of road risk.
To fully participate duty holders will need to nominate a road risk champion to represent the organisation in their sector road risk collaboration forums and begin the 10 steps road risk collaboration programme.
- The introduction of road risk monitoring regimes will encourage more comprehensive reporting of RTCs and close calls across all rail companies and suppliers, and the capture of activity indicators will improve knowledge of driving patterns, hours, distances. This information can then be used to build intelligence and inform decisions around further improvement.
- The participation of duty holder road risk champions will help to raise awareness and develop industry-wide priorities for improving railway-related road driving safety. This could include delivering better information for those working shifts and should account for hours of work, type of work, breaks, and rest cycles.
- With the introduction of Highways England’s DfBB duty holders will be able to learn from other organisations, through benchmarking approaches to improving railway-related road driving risk.
- The active participation by duty holders with their respective rail industry sector group will provide the opportunity to share good practice between duty holders (e.g. TOC policies on rail replacement bus services and company-purchased taxis.)
- The introduction of a rail industry management of occupational road risk charter provide a basis for duty holders to measure the maturity of their SMS, a framework for agreeing good practice protocols and codes of practice in all key areas relating to road risk. This will include improved planning of work to reduce the need for journeys, agreeing maximum allowable travel times or other criteria when selecting suppliers, and selecting common technologies for telematics.