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Insurance rise prompts safety moves

3rd May 1986, Page 6
3rd May 1986
Page 6
Page 6, 3rd May 1986 — Insurance rise prompts safety moves
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• A leading insurance broker is offering companies risk surveys to cut their accident costs.

Hogg Robinson says commercial vehicle insurance rates will rise rapidly, leading transport managers to call for help to reduce the number of accidents involving their vehicles.

Its marketing director, Rod Carbery, says that insurance companies are about to charge more "realistic" rates for corn

mercial vehicles.

He says big fleet operators, such as the National Freight Consortium, are desperate to reduce their accident rates.

Hogg Robinson is offering fleet risk control surveys, which have been greeted warmly by leading driver behaviour psychologists.

The idea is to study a company, to see what its accident problems are like and how to "cure" it. This can take many forms, Hogg Robinson says.

It cites one transport operator which was recordin; a high accident rate.

Training and testing was carried out, but the drivers were not allowed radios in their cabs, and felt that the company was mean.

When radios were restored, and other measures taken, accident rates fell. Hogg Robinson now says the company has just recorded tt lowest first quarter accident rate in its experience.


People: Rod Carbery

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