Fewer Bolton Council drivers have car crashes after crackdown

The Bolton News: Fewer Bolton Council drivers have car crashes after crackdown Fewer Bolton Council drivers have car crashes after crackdown

FEWER council staff are being involved in road crashes after a crackdown that has saved millions of pounds.

Local authority workers were involved in 174 smashes in 2008, leading to £462,769.50 being paid out by insurance companies representing the council.

Now figures obtained by The Bolton News under The Freedom of Information Act show a drastic reduction each year since, and there were just 68 collisions in 2013 triggering insurance payouts of £27,344.

The saving does not directly impact on taxpayer spending, because ins-urance firms pay out the cash after the council has paid regular premiums.

But fewer accidents means the council pays less for insurance if its vehicles cause fewer accidents and it means staff and vehicles spend less time off the road.

Council bosses welcomed the figures after spending years addressing the issue.

They have taken measures including not employing lorry drivers unless they have special training on defensive driving and avoiding accidents.

A council spokesman added: “Also, whenever an incident does occur involving one of our drivers, it is investigated thoroughly by our in-house team. We interview drivers as soon as we can following an incident while the facts are still fresh in their minds.

“We find that by doing this we are giving our insurers the best possible opportunity to defend claims.

“We are pleased that the number of claims against our drivers has reduced significantly over the past five years.”

The figures show that 160 crashes in 2009 triggered payouts of £543,079; 144 crashes in 2010 meant payouts of £412,249; in 2011, there were 129 crashes with payouts of £250,029; and in 2012, 82 incidents prompted payouts of £127,440.

The cash paid out covered damage, injury, vehicle hire charges, solicitor fees, medical fees and expert fees.

Bolton Council’s transport representative, Cllr David Chadwick, said: “I applaud those who have made these positive changes and those who drive on behalf of the council for implementing them.

“I recently took an advanced motorist test and passed and I feel a better driver for it.

“The council is having to be more efficient and I think that has focused the minds of department heads when it comes to issues like reducing the number of crashes.”

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9:36am Mon 17 Feb 14

filthy6 says...

"Crackdown" - Since when is sending somebody on a course a crackdown...????
"Crackdown" - Since when is sending somebody on a course a crackdown...???? filthy6

9:50am Mon 17 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Really! Would be interesting to see how many vehicles were operating & insured by the Council back then & how many now. Plenty of the vehicles & jobs that were once used have gone over to private Company,s who have taken over the work. Bolton Council...... Champagne Socialist,s the lot of them.
Really! Would be interesting to see how many vehicles were operating & insured by the Council back then & how many now. Plenty of the vehicles & jobs that were once used have gone over to private Company,s who have taken over the work. Bolton Council...... Champagne Socialist,s the lot of them. thomas222

10:18am Mon 17 Feb 14

tillyflop53 says...

They might? be safer on the roads but one particular bolton at home worker parks his van on the path on mornington road in such a way that people have to walk in the road because he has completely blocked the path !!! obviously a conscientious and caring person !!
They might? be safer on the roads but one particular bolton at home worker parks his van on the path on mornington road in such a way that people have to walk in the road because he has completely blocked the path !!! obviously a conscientious and caring person !! tillyflop53

10:27am Mon 17 Feb 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

Obviously someone didn't tell the council worker in the Bolton Council van that I was next to at the lights on Friday on the junction of Tonge Moor Road and Crompton Way any of this... Waiting for the green light, they were over revving and jerking forward and zoomed off as quick as they could... I'm fairly sure that's not taught in Advanced Driving Courses...
Obviously someone didn't tell the council worker in the Bolton Council van that I was next to at the lights on Friday on the junction of Tonge Moor Road and Crompton Way any of this... Waiting for the green light, they were over revving and jerking forward and zoomed off as quick as they could... I'm fairly sure that's not taught in Advanced Driving Courses... JustaBloke2000

11:02am Mon 17 Feb 14

Womble says...

Perhaps all those who are required to drive for the council as part of their job, should have to pass an advanced driving test. It would benefit everyone concerned, the driver, the council and the public, both in terms of safety and cost.
Perhaps all those who are required to drive for the council as part of their job, should have to pass an advanced driving test. It would benefit everyone concerned, the driver, the council and the public, both in terms of safety and cost. Womble

11:05am Mon 17 Feb 14

oftbewildered2 says...

JustaBloke2000 wrote:
Obviously someone didn't tell the council worker in the Bolton Council van that I was next to at the lights on Friday on the junction of Tonge Moor Road and Crompton Way any of this... Waiting for the green light, they were over revving and jerking forward and zoomed off as quick as they could... I'm fairly sure that's not taught in Advanced Driving Courses...
I don't think the council sends its employees on advances driving courses - as far as I am aware, if they do attend one, they do it of their own volition and at their own expense. It does not say in the article that they are sent on courses - Cllr Chadwick intimated that he had undertaken such a course, but did not say that it was at the Council's expense.
[quote][p][bold]JustaBloke2000[/bold] wrote: Obviously someone didn't tell the council worker in the Bolton Council van that I was next to at the lights on Friday on the junction of Tonge Moor Road and Crompton Way any of this... Waiting for the green light, they were over revving and jerking forward and zoomed off as quick as they could... I'm fairly sure that's not taught in Advanced Driving Courses...[/p][/quote]I don't think the council sends its employees on advances driving courses - as far as I am aware, if they do attend one, they do it of their own volition and at their own expense. It does not say in the article that they are sent on courses - Cllr Chadwick intimated that he had undertaken such a course, but did not say that it was at the Council's expense. oftbewildered2

11:26am Mon 17 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1
If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1 Jim271

11:38am Mon 17 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

Jim271 wrote:
If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1
You are obsessed with UKIP Jim & i think that could be due to you being very worried about them starting to be a real threat. You dont need to worry for now as this election coming up is not the one for them to get in, neither is the next one but in 2020 it will be UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1[/p][/quote]You are obsessed with UKIP Jim & i think that could be due to you being very worried about them starting to be a real threat. You dont need to worry for now as this election coming up is not the one for them to get in, neither is the next one but in 2020 it will be UKIP. thomas222

3:26pm Mon 17 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

Jim271 wrote:
If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1
seems to me you are trying to instigate a racist response ..... people that try to instigate racism are just as bad as if not worse than the outspoken racists
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1[/p][/quote]seems to me you are trying to instigate a racist response ..... people that try to instigate racism are just as bad as if not worse than the outspoken racists lv8151

3:35pm Mon 17 Feb 14

thomas222 says...

lv8151 wrote:
Jim271 wrote: If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1
seems to me you are trying to instigate a racist response ..... people that try to instigate racism are just as bad as if not worse than the outspoken racists
I have never seen a racist comment on here from anyone. If there had it would have been reported and the person responsible prosecuted. The BN have a duty to do this also.
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: If UKIP took over the council they could save money by driving around in Panzers!!!!1[/p][/quote]seems to me you are trying to instigate a racist response ..... people that try to instigate racism are just as bad as if not worse than the outspoken racists[/p][/quote]I have never seen a racist comment on here from anyone. If there had it would have been reported and the person responsible prosecuted. The BN have a duty to do this also. thomas222

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