McGinley Support Services is a specialist recruitment agency for the UK construction industry. Its fleet comprises 236 commercial multi-seat vehicles used for moving people to or from their place of work or for inter-site travel, covering more than eight million miles per year.
McGinley is committed to ensuring that every member of its workforce arrives home safe every day. It has undertaken an in-depth review of its transport arrangements and has allocated a dedicated fleet manager to oversee its fleet and mitigate the risks of moving its workforce across the UK.
McGinley has taken advanced and innovative steps to improve the safety of its fleet operations and put its drivers first. Between 2017 and 2019, it reduced the number of vehicles in its fleet from 340 to 236 and the number of drivers in its Approved Driver Programme from 570 to 347. It also introduced active real-time telemetry devices ‘FlexicamPlus’ and Driver ID in 95% of vehicles. All figures from telematics are monitored weekly and reviewed quarterly to identify and analyse emerging trends.
Other measures have included investing in continuous driver behavioural improvement programmes, enhancing the ‘drive safe’ reward scheme and investing in vulnerable road user training for approved drivers.
“McGinley has taken advanced and innovative steps to improve the safety of its fleet operations and put its drivers first.”
Daily and weekly driver vehicle checks are also conducted, and technology has been introduced that facilitates real-time response to defects and routine servicing. This has been implemented alongside the creation and development of McGinley’s bespoke mobile app ‘SAM’, which delivers safety messages to drivers, and an online knowledge base.
McGinley understands the importance of reducing its carbon footprint, so uses its vehicle emissions as a key scoring criteria when sourcing new vehicles. Because it operates a relatively young fleet, it can ensure that none of its engines are below the Euro 6 specification that limits harmful vehicle exhaust emissions. The fleet is maintained over a three-year lifespan and vehicles are serviced more regularly than is customary to keep them in peak condition.
As a result of this work, collisions involving McGinley’s vehicles reduced by 54% between 2017 and 2018. Damage costs also reduced by 61% (saving £139,543), fuel costs reduced by 28%, average driver scores improved from 75% to 85%, and driver scores in the red zone fell from 20% to 4%.
McGinley Support Services received the Company Driver Safety Award (small fleet) in 2019. This award recognises the organisation with a total fleet size of less than 250 vehicles that has implemented initiatives that do most to promote and achieve safer driving among employees.
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