BigChange backs push to cut down on road fatalities

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tech firm BigChange is spearheading a new campaign to cut down on the amount of fatal road crashes on Britain’s roads.

The Leeds-based mobile workforce management technology company has launched the Leaders for Life campaign to turn business leaders into role models for road safety and reduce the number of people killed driving to and from work.

Department for Transport today published figures today revealing that there were 1,793 reported road deaths in Britain in 2017, five a day on average, and 170,993 casualties of all severities.

Leaders for Life was developed by BigChange in partnership with road safety charity Brake, and is supported by the racing driver Nicolas Hamilton and several prominent business leaders. BigChange is offering its driving analysis technology free of charge to the leaders of medium and large UK businesses, to help them understand how safe their driving is and take steps to improve it.

It will provide confidential feedback on leaders’ driving habits and donate £1,000 each month to Brake on behalf of the best and most improved drivers. BigChange’s technology is already used to monitor the driving habits of 20,000 company drivers in the UK.

Martin Port, chief executive of BigChange, said: “The technology now exists to monitor how safely people drive in a cost-effective and non-intrusive way, yet far too many companies simply pay lip service to road safety and do nothing to encourage better driving by their employees.

“More than 500 people are killed each year by people driving for work in the UK, we are launching Leaders for Life to reduce this number by making business leaders role models for road safety.”

BigChange aims to recruit more than 1,000 business leaders to support its campaign by acting as role models for road safety by the end of the year.

Des Evans OBE, formerly managing director of MAN Truck & Bus UK, Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association are joining with Mr Hamilton to take part in the campaign.

Mary Williams OBE, chief executive at Brake,said: “More than a fifth of all deaths and serious injuries on our roads involve someone driving for work.

“This statistic is a stark illustration of why CEOs must make safe driving a priority for their business.

“Brake is proud to support Leaders for Life, a fantastic initiative from BigChange, which helps CEOs to lead by example and promote safe driving behaviour to their employees.”

Mr Hamilton said: “The place for rapid acceleration, driving quickly, braking late and cornering at speed is for the track, not the road, and even for racing you have to earn your stripes and complete a test to get your licence.

“It’s fantastic to see BigChange and Brake engaging business leaders as role models for safer driving in this campaign.

“I am delighted to be supporting the Leaders for Life campaign and I would urge all business leaders to sign up and play their part in reducing risk on Britain’s roads.”

Business leaders wishing to be ambassadors for safer driving can register to support the Leaders for Life campaign at www.bigchangeapps.com/leadersforlife.

BigChange was set up in Leeds five years ago and provides a range of mobile workforce management technologies.

Its systems are used by 20,000 mobile workers and back office personnel at more than 800 organisations. BigChange employs 80 people and achieved revenues of £6.6 million in 2017.

Last year it took the award for best company turning over up to £10m at The Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards while Mr Port himself has picked up a string of regional and national accolades.