Maritime Transport rewarded over 2,000 drivers in December with a bonus payment which totals more than £1.3m and averages around £600 per driver.

The bonuses relate to a significant reduction in road-related incidents in 2020, and an increase in the number of drivers who achieved top-end telematics grades.

Another 69 drivers across Maritime’s depot network, who achieved optimal telematics grades for safe and efficient driving and remained incident-free throughout the year received an additional £1,000 uplift.

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The bonus payments are part of Maritime’s safety bonus initiative, now in its eighth consecutive year. The scheme was introduced as a means of encouraging its driver workforce to maintain higher levels of safety and compliance on UK roads. Based on vehicle telematics scores, drivers are graded between A to G on their driving performance via a range of key performance indicators, such as fuel efficiency, braking and acceleration.

The company said that 99.4% of drivers finished 2020 with A – C grades over the year.

John Williams, Maritime’s group executive chairman said: “With a fleet that covers over 130,000,000 miles per annum and 19,500+ weekly moves, the safety of our drivers and other road users is absolutely paramount at Maritime and a key consideration in everything we do.

“I am immensely proud of our driver workforce, and the incredible work they carry out each day to help us achieve high levels of safety, particularly during the pandemic, a period which has highlighted the essential work and critical role that drivers play in our nation’s economy and meeting high demand to keep Britain moving. The safety bonus is nothing short of well-deserved and a testament to their hard work.”