Grey Fleet Review

Driving for Better Business ("DfBB") has just launched its new Grey Fleet Review. It is the first of what will be a series of in-depth reviews into topics that can have a significant effect on both the risk profile and the operational costs of any organisation.

Delivering fresh analysis of the disadvantages – as well as some of the advantages – of privately-owned cars being used for work in the public and private sectors, the Review is an invaluable guide for leaders, fleet managers, drivers and policy-makers.

In the Grey Fleet Review, Driving for Better Business:

  • Examines viable grey fleet alternatives including the latest ‘mobility’ policies,

  • Exposes the cost of grey fleet to the environment and to businesses’ bottom line,

  • Reports on how grey fleet drivers often ignore basic vehicle safety checks,

  • Reveals how organisations have slashed costs by ditching grey fleet, and

  • Explains why grey fleet can be bad for employers and employees.

There is no doubt that grey fleet has a role to play in keeping the wheels of industry and the public sector turning. But, as we show, this comes at a cost. Is grey fleet still a viable solution or should we be looking to replace it in the 21st century? John Pryor, Chair of ACFO and Stephen Briers, Editor-in-Chief at Fleet News, give their views.

The Review outlines duty-of-care and liability dangers for organisations running grey fleet vehicles without proper policies and checks in place – and how employees can be caught out financially if they fail to do the sums.

Here are some of the featured articles:

  • On a Wing and a Prayer - Research shows that grey fleet drivers across Europe are not undertaking basic vehicle maintenance.

  • Out of Control - Companies are losing essential controls for monitoring safety, emissions and compliance.

  • Why your true grey fleet may be bigger than you think - Many businesses with active grey fleets simply do not realise the level of responsibility they have.

  • How do DfBB Champions manage Grey Fleet? - Examples of how a selection of our Driving for Better Business Champions manage their grey fleet.

NETS Makes It Easy For Employers To Boost Road Safety

As part of Drive Safely Work Week™ (DSWW), the US-based Network of Employers for Traffic Safety ("NETS") has just released quality Campaign Materials to support employers looking to tackle Parking and Reversing as part of their Safe Driving for Work Programmme.

DSWW has been an annual campaign for many years. The DSWW Campaign Materials:

  • include meaningful activities that reinforce the program’s safe-driving messages
  • are ready-to-go and won't take significant time away from your work day
  • are not dated, providing the flexibility you need to schedule with your organisation’s work schedule

Here are some simple steps to Schedule your Drive Safely Work Week

1-2 weeks prior:
- Schedule a training workshop and/or webinar using PPT presentation

During your scheduled Drive Safely Work Week:

  • Post social media announcements throughout the week
  • Distribute employee fact sheet(s)
  • Conduct training workshop and/or webinar using PPT presentation

The Parking and Backing (Reversing) Basics Campaign Materials & Graphics include:

  • Employee Fact Sheet
  • Employee Presentation
  • Posters
  • Social Media & E-mail Graphics

Click here for the NETS Parking & Backing Campaign Materials

Click here for links to DSWW Archives

NETS membership is open to all employers who have vehicle fleets. If you are a vendor company, or are a government/non-profit organisation, please contact Susan Gillies at sgillies@trafficsafety.org or +1 (703) 755 5350 for membership information.

Using In-Vehicle Safety Technology to Improve Road Safety At Work

The ETSC has just released a really simple infographic for employers on how to use in-vehicle safety technology - such as seatbelt reminders, intelligent speed assistance (ISA), alcohol interlocks, telematics, lane keep assist ad automated emergency braking (AEB) - as part of a work-related road safety management programme.

It covers tips on:

  • Getting started
  • Vehicle selection
  • Managing staff's use of in-vehicle technology
  • Working with third-parties

New car technology and autonomous features are truly great and life-saving.  That said, they are not available to all today and there is a significant hype which the ETSC advised in March, "threatens to hold back progress... in reducing the 1.25 million deaths that occur annually on the world's roads".

Most crashes today can be avoided and technology - as part of a fleet risk programme - can help reduce risk by 50% or more.  The key to this, we believe, is managing driver behaviour.  Here are 10 Tips that we/TomTom Telematics published back in 2015 that are still valid.

Also, data gathered by DriverFocus over recent years, provides some insight on HOW the average at-work driver performs - both with and without "supervision" in the form of a "behaviour monitoring programme".  For example, just 3% of unmonitored drivers managed to score as well as the average monitored driver!

In short, we're big fans of technology to improve driving for work risk, however creating the right environment that supports and expects good, safe driving behaviour requires a little more thought and effort.  The results are real and well worth it!

Download the ETSC Infographic here

Source: https://etsc.eu/infographic-using-safety-technology/
 

Source: https://etsc.eu/infographic-using-safety-t...

ESB Host First Cross-Industry Forum

Last week in Newbridge, Co Kildare, saw the hosting of the first Cross-Industry Forum on Road Safety in Ireland.  This successful half-day event is an inspired initiative by the ESB and is just one of a number of elements of the company's "Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020: Our Journey To Excellence".

Leading road safety champions and DriverFocus clients, ESB, ABB, Irish Rail, SSE and Ervia were joined by representatives from eir, An Post, KTL, KN Networks and other organisations to share their experience and best-practices in managing work-related road risk.  Well-planned and ably facilitated, there was fantastic, active participation from all, in the series of workshops, which covered a wide-range of driving-related topics including grey fleet, driver behaviour, telematics, audits, distraction, driver communications, driving for work policies and daily vehicle checks. 

DriverFocus and FTA Ireland were invited along to support the forum with stands featuring relevant information and resources.

At the close, strong interest expressed for the next event, with several offers to host - a definite sign that the Forum was heading in the right direction!

Further information: ESB Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020

Related: Kudos to ESB (LinkedIn Post)

Arval Avoids Crashes and Saves

Arval, a UK vehicle leasing and fleet management specialist, announced today a new, record low incident ratio of just 14.1% across it's own fleet of 200 vehicles. This compares to a 40% figure for  in 2006 – something that inspired a focus on fleet safety for a decade.

Over the same time period, the number of incidents recorded annually has dropped from 146 to 24 while the total cost of collisions has reduced by three quarters - from £98,970 to £25,900.

Tracey Fuller, engagement manager at Arval, explained: “The 14.1% incident ratio is proof that investing in a sustainable safety programme pays off”. 

Source: Fleet News

NVD Leads With Two International Awards, Case Study

This month, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) announced the 2017 winners of the PRAISE awards, in recognition of outstanding efforts taken by companies to improve road safety at work.

The large company award goes to National Vehicle Distribution (NVD), a family-owned vehicle transportation and storage company in Ireland. 

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC said:

“This year’s inspiring award winners demonstrate that road safety of employees is not just a company’s responsibility, it also makes for good business. PRAISE award winners have shown time and again that company-wide road safety programmes reduce insurance and fleet costs, cut employee sick days and improve customer service.

The PRAISE Awards judges said:

“NVD stood out in terms of their holistic approach to driver risk management. They have a huge focus on driver selection, training and ongoing management as well as strong evidence of daily interventions of a deterrent and enforcement nature with drivers to influence behaviour. A proactive company with a focus on safety, they learn from past incidents and find solutions to avoid them in the future. They also have clear performance targets and support positive reinforcement with a bonus system for drivers.”

Niall McNally, Head of IT, Business Analysis & HR at NVD also presented the company's compelling case study at the October series of Driving for Work (#DrivingForWork) seminars, hosted by the HSA, RSA and An Garda Siochana. Niall closed by saying that some benefits accruing to the business from the implementation of their safe driving programme, were simply unplanned!

All of this follows an eventful September which saw NVD pick up a prestigious 2017 Brake Fleet Safety Award in the Company Driver Safety Award category.

Here is a full list of award winners and "highly commended" entries (which includes DriverFocus!)

NVD Wins 2017 Driver Safety Award (Small Fleet Category)

NVD Wins 2017 Driver Safety Award (Small Fleet Category)

Fleet Safety Award Winner ABB Features In Guardian

ABB Limited won at the 2013 UK Fleet Safety Awards having worked with DriverFocus to survey all its drivers and assess their risk of collision. Those deemed a medium-to-high risk were given a one-to-one session with a professional advanced driver, followed by guidance on key areas where they could improve.

Mark Sage, Country Sustainability Manager at ABB Ltd, says: “The Safe Driving for Work Programme is tied into an online platform where managers can see how their drivers have performed, their licensing credentials, and what online courses they’ve completed. “Since its inception in 2009, the programme has seen a reduction in motor claim costs of over 50%.”.

Source: Guardian UK