Arriva driver wins Road Safety Hero Award

Arriva Bus driver Richard Prescott has won the Trakm8 Road Safety Hero of 2023 award for his commitment to road safety.

Trakm8, a company specialising in fleet technology solutions, launched its search for the Road Safety Hero of 2023 in support of Brake’s Road Safety Week, with a focus on addressing the critical issue of speeding on our roads.

Prescott, based at the Arriva Runcorn depot in Cheshire, has helped foster a road safety culture among his colleagues, leading by example, and contributing to reducing speeding events.

Arriva North West & Wales, of which Runcorn is a part of, has a fleet comprising more than 2,000 drivers, 850 buses and 100 vans.

Matthew Mort, road risk manager at Arriva Bus, said: “Richard’s impact extends beyond his role as a PCV driver; he also serves as an in-depot trainer. Additionally, he champions the vehicle telematics system, contributing to a 46% reduction in speeding events within the past year. Richard plays a pivotal role as the in-depot trainer at Arriva Runcorn, where he imparts essential knowledge to new starters, covering routes, vehicle familiarisation, and enhancing driving skills. His coaching approach has yielded remarkable results, making Arriva Runcorn a leader in road safety, boasting one of the lowest road traffic incidents per new starter in the entire North West and Wales business. The Runcorn depot also holds one of the lowest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) rates for road traffic incidents in the entire Arriva UK bus business.”

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