Willmott Dixon driver risk and electric vehicles
News Article | February 2021
TTC Group secures long-term deal with Willmott Dixon to manage driver risk and boost EV implementation.
TTC Group has secured a contract with construction and fit-out company Willmott Dixon to manage its entire fleet compliance to its 3,000 strong driver fleet, including nominated drivers and provide electric vehicle (EV) training as drivers adopt EV’s as part of its ‘Now or Never’ sustainability strategy.
As leading specialists in sustainable construction, Willmott Dixon, and its property services sister company Fortem, will utilise the TTC Continuum digital risk management platform to ensure the compliance and safety of its drivers out on the road.
The deal will see TTC Group oversee and manage driver risk for all company car drivers as well as for its grey fleet, across a broad portfolio of applications and vehicle types.
TTC Group Business Development Manager, Sareen Dhillon (pictured) said:
“We are delighted to secure this contract with a business with similar core values to our own which is all about making a real difference to road safety and protecting people on the move.”
“We will be rolling out our TTC Continuum platform for all company car drivers as well as for their grey fleet, ensuring all drivers undertake an online risk assessment and receive a personalised online training programme throughout the contract term.”
Safety and compliance are core to the Willmott Dixon and taking the health and safety culture from its construction sites to the highway is high on the agenda.
Mark French, Chief Health, Safety & Environment Officer at Willmott Dixon said: “My colleagues and I in the Safe and Sustainable Driving team went out to the market looking for a supplier who could provide both a driver risk management platform and appropriate training solutions on a national scale that met our safe and sustainable driver initiative.”
A key aspect to the relationship was Willmott Dixon’s requirement for a supplier to work in a collaborative manner to support the business in achieving its target of zero carbon in its activities by 2030, as set out in its ‘Now or Never’ sustainability strategy.
One part of its ‘Now or Never’ strategy to eliminate the emission of carbon from its operations is to have a 100% electric fleet by 2030, and this includes making sure all car and van drivers of electric vehicles receive appropriate training in using these vehicles safely and efficiently.
Mark’s colleague, Jack Mead, Management Trainee at Willmott Dixon said: “We want to make sure drivers of new electric vans weighing up to 4.25 tonnes have the legal certificate to drive these vehicles on a Category B licence so having a supplier that can deliver this training is really important to us.”
Our sustainability targets are front and centre in our objectives, likewise we are working with TTC Group to support us achieving ISO39001 Road Traffic Safety Management accreditation. Measuring our performance and achieving our KPIs is important to us in meeting our strategic objectives so I will be focusing on the data. The team at TTC Group have given us the confidence to embark on this mission having gone through a thorough fleet risk audit and follow up consultation.Chief Health, Safety & Environment Officer, Willmott Dixon
Andy Wheeler, Head of Technical Delivery (pictured) at TTC said: “Willmott Dixon should be commended for taking this approach as it demonstrates a full commitment to road safety.”
“To achieve any ISO accreditation you have to demonstrate clear policies and procedures in mitigating driver risk while striving to hit performance targets.”
“Our TTC Continuum platform will play a crucial role in providing valuable data around compliance, as well as providing appropriate training to achieve reductions in collisions and incidents so we will be working closely with Alison Proctor, Group Insurance Manager, and the insurers.”
Alison added: “Working collaboratively with our insurers and TTC will be crucial in the years ahead. Reducing collisions will fit perfectly with our ISO39001 ambitions, not to mention keeping our insurers happy.”