NSW Chapter Seminar: ‘Strategies for Delivering Safer Fleets’
Keywords: Safe System & Transport Planning, Road User Training – General (Bicyclists, Workplace, OHS, Etc.), Road Safety Strategy, Safer Transport & Mobility, Workplace and Work Related Road Safety, Policy & Strategy, Fleet Safety, Work Related Road Safety
Submission Date: June 9, 2020
Presented by: Tim Roberts and Jerome Carslake
Facilitator: Prof. Michael Regan
Within a fleet strategy framework, an organisation must address four key elements;
•Why they manage a fleet
•What standards they aspire to
•How they deliver their business services
•The tools used to do so.
This session will look at the overall issues of implementing a ‘safe fleet’ strategy focusing on passenger and light commercial assets.
Responsible fleet operators always strive to deliver the safest mobile workplace for their workers. Often, at the top of the priority list, is the development of fleet specifications that focus on the inclusion of the highest levels of both passive and active safety features.
However, it’s not sufficient to simply mandate the inclusion of vehicle safety features in a complex business environment. Beyond ‘safety’, fleet purchasing decisions must be filtered through a series of effectiveness, affordability and sustainabilityassessments. Decisions on the uptake of new technologies (notably active safety and vehicle telematics) must also be cognisant of external market influences, internal culture, driver education, training and management.
Jerome and Tim will provide insights into the development of a vehicle strategy beyond a checklist of vehicle essentials, including a safe systems approach to fleet safety, relevant policies, potential operational and cultural roadblocks. They will also explore where misconceptions and barriers may emerge when the system based approach in an organisation breaks down and silos reign.