Safety advice for fleet managers
Road safety charity Brake has recently issued several advice sheets for fleet managers.
Using technology to manage road risk
Vehicle technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and there are an increasing number of systems available that aim to improve vehicle and driver safety. While technology offers many benefits, it can also present challenges to fleet managers; however, with careful choice and effective integration with a wider risk management strategy, vehicle technology can help managers to reduce risk across fleets.
Driver mental health and wellbeing
The working environment in the transport industry has a strong impact on the mental health and wellbeing of professional drivers. Drivers who suffer from stress, depression or other mental health problems are more likely to be involved in a crash or other incident that risks harming themself, other people and the business. By looking after their employees’ wellbeing, fleets can prove that they are caring, compassionate employers who put people first and value their safety.
Safe systems for fleet managers
Safe systems are a shared approach to road safety to prevent death and serious injury from road crashes. The safe system approach to road safety was first developed in Sweden’s Vision Zero strategy but is now used in countries around the world.
Incident reporting and investigation
Incident reporting and investigation is critical for all fleets. Any road incident, no matter how serious, presents an opportunity to learn about why crashes happen and put in place measures to prevent them from happening again. Failing to report or investigate collisions and near-misses means missing a chance to improve safety for drivers and other road users.
Fatigue is a major cause of road crashes and people involved in transport operations are especially vulnerable to its effects. Stress, high workloads and long hours all contribute to high levels of fatigue among professional drivers. Organisations that employ people who drive for work should have effective policies and procedures to manage the risks associated with driver fatigue, and ensure they adhere to these in their day-to-day operations.
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