A new management programme designed to improve driver safety and reduce costs has been launched by Fleet Service GB (FSGB).

The Achieve programme covers areas including driver management, crash management, maintenance management, management services and fleet service partnerships.

It is available in app form, allowing employers and drivers to communicate in real time with notifications, prompts, reminders, and alerts.

The driver app allows users to arrange SMR bookings, including tyres; to report an accident or breakdown, using GPS enabled location services which links directly to the Fleet Service GB Support Team; update mileages in real time; upload images, capturing accident and/or vehicle condition; access vehicle management options; and view a bespoke check sheet for vehicle condition reporting.

FSGB chairman Geoffrey Bray said: “The whole idea of managing the driver is not new. Having spent a lifetime involved in the fleet sector and witnessed the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act in 2007, there have been a number of attempts to address the issues faced. However, until now, nothing has quite got to the real heart of the matter.

“When the FSGB journey began, we sat down with a blank sheet of paper to create a fully integrated range of driver and vehicle management services designed to provide fleets with a management tool unlike anything available in the market.

“This dream is now a reality – our Achieve programme delivers, and in many cases exceeds, expectations presenting us with significant opportunities.”

The app has been piloted by fleet operators including housing association LiveWest, which has a 350-strong van fleet, and chose to install onboard cameras to support the Achieve data.

Fleet manager Paul Ayris said: “The Achieve programme was needed as our fleet was growing quite rapidly. It was time to take driver and vehicle management to the next level and make sure the fleet operation became even more professional.

“It was also important to put the driver at the heart of the programme as they are the company’s brand ambassadors that represent LiveWest daily.

“Achieve has enabled us to ensure we do exactly that by being able to measure and manage driver’s behaviour and support them through live reporting.”