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October 11, 2009

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Research/reports- In praise of in-vehicle safety

Its aim is to “praise” best practices in order to help employers achieve high road-safety standards that protect their employees. The first report, published in September, looks at how in-vehicle safety equipment can improve and help manage work-related road safety.According to the Council, the deployment of in-vehicle safety technologies should be a priority for employers, owing to the potential such equipment has to save lives. It says that their effectiveness depends on them being integrated into working management structures that address the greatest risks on the roads. The Council also warns employers that, while they should make every effort to apply these technologies, they also need to train staff on how to use them and monitor how they are implemented.The report explores the business case for investing in road safety at work, examines the most important technologies, gives examples of their use, and recommends next steps for the EU, member state governments, and employers. It suggests that employers undertake a risk assessment and draw up a road-safety action plan. Based on priorities identified in the assessment and as part of corporate transportation and occupational health responsibilities, in-vehicle technologies should then be implemented as appropriate.However, the report also points out that somes evidence suggests drivers who have access to in-built safety features may adjust their behaviour in response. For example, drivers of vehicles with anti-lock braking systems could drive more aggressively because they believe the risk of collision is lower.The report can be viewed at

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