Three leading figures in driver training have joined forces in a new venture called Risk Matters, which promises to introduce ground-breaking fleet risk management to the UK.

Chris Howell, James Sutherland and David Somers, managing directors of DriveTech, Peak Performance Management and Road Skills respectively, claim the venture will introduce 'second generation' techniques, saving fleets millions of pounds.

Risk Matters and its first product, Fleet Guardian, provide client companies with highly trained experts, who carry out an initial assessment of what improvements are needed, dealing with departments or individuals as required. They will then devise a 'corporate Highway Code' for that company's drivers.

The venture comes in the wake of the Government's Road Safety Strategy, which will force fleets to examine the risks posed by every driver. It is not a merger, though; DriveTech and Peak Performance continue as independent businesses. Road Skills has been integrated into Risk Matters and Somers is chief executive of the new company.

"Our knowledge of the industry helped us to realise there was a desperate need for a company offering a full range of risk reduction solutions, a one-stop answer to rising accident rates and insurance premiums," said Somers.