Staveley Head

Staveley Head

March 04, 2010 01:00 ET

Fleet Insurance Brokers Welcome New Driving Qualification

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - Leading fleet insurance specialists Staveley Head have welcomed the news that the Government is planning to introduce a new NVQ-style driving qualification aimed at fleet operators. It is believed that this could lead to more rigid training and qualification and could also generate better road sense and awareness, in turn reducing accidents. In time, it is hoped that this training will also help to reduce fleet insurance and maintenance costs.

The move has received widespread support within the industry. Responding to a survey by RoadSafe, a total of 86% of fleet bosses gave their backing to the idea. Whilst the Department for Transport suggests that vocational driving qualifications should only be taken by van drivers, around two thirds of those questioned stated that they would like to see the qualifications become a requirement for all drivers.

Other findings of the survey revealed that over three quarters of fleet bosses currently include driver training as part of their occupational risk strategy. However, only 43% of those questioned believe that other measures such as fitting vehicles with speed limiters was a good idea.

Staveley Head have over 15 years experience as insurance brokers to some of the UK's largest commercial fleets. Providing cover from a panel of leading insurers, including Zurich, Allianz and Aviva means that the firm can offer the most appropriate cover for clients, at the most affordable prices. A spokesperson for the firm commented on the new driving qualification proposals by saying:

"These proposed measures are a step in the right direction in improving the quality of the nation's driving practices. This will not only help to make our roads safer, it will also contribute to reduced fuel, maintenance and insurance costs, which are a welcome boost at a time when so many businesses in the industry are struggling."

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