Free Fleet Risk Check from DfBB

Fleet Risk Check is an interactive evaluation of your current level of fleet-related risk.

Risk Audit will help you establish how your organisation is managing the risks associated with occupational driving, as well as highlighting areas of weakness, and tailored support is on offer to help you address the issues and concerns you may have.

The risk assessment is divided into four sections, each of which requires you to answer a series of exploratory questions, after which you will be able to download a personalised report showing your current position and with guidance on where and how you should look to improve.

Access to the tool can be found here.

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.

Does My Organisation Need To Manage Road Risk

The ETSC (European Transport Safety Council) has just published an excellent, two-page infographic that helps business-owners, directors and managers find out:

  1. Whether their organisation needs to manage Road-Risk?
  2. If so, what are the key steps involved in starting a Programme 
  3. What are the attributes of a Safe Driver 
  4. Features of a Safe Organisation
  5. Some key aspects to consider

A PDF version of this ETSC infographic can be found here and you might also want to check out the ETSC's Benefits of Road-Risk Management and our Infographics relating to Road-Risk Preparedness and Hallmarks of Best-Practice Programmes

Please Support EDWARD On Thursday

EDWARD is "European Day Without A Road Death" - an initiative organised by TISPOL, the Traffic Police Network of Europe. The aim of the day is that no one should lose their lives on the road on Thursday 21st September 2017
 
Watch this short video to see what it was all about
 
On average 70 people per day, die on EU roads.
To date 111 people have lost their lives on Irish roads this year.
 
Think about the risks that you and your family face (and create) for others, when you and they use our roads as a motorist, a passenger, a cyclist, or a pedestrian for leisure or work purposes
 
Please make the pledge now at : https://projectedward.eu/pledge

Lack Of Road Safety Policy Exposes UK Businesses

The study by TomTom Telematics of UK companies whose employees drive for work purposes found more than a fifth (21%) have no road safety policy in place while a further 4% did not actually know whether their organisation had a defined policy.

Yet 60% said staff members had been involved in road traffic collisions while on business duty, with 78% claiming this resulted in lost productivity due to injury or time off work.

The analysis of senior managers at 400 UK businesses also found just 64% have processes in place to profile the risk posed by individual drivers, based on factors such as driving behaviour or previous convictions.

Beverley Wise, director UK & Ireland at TomTom Telematics, said: “Businesses should also be aware that a proactive approach to road safety can deliver further business benefits. By employing technology to monitor driver behaviour and providing drivers with live feedback, supported by targeted coaching and training, it is possible to reduce fuel spend, cut insurance premiums and boost productivity.”

Source: Fleet World

Up To 40% Of Road Deaths In Europe Work-Related

Employers, national governments and the EU are being urged to take action to tackle work-related road risk, as latest estimates suggest that up to 40% of all road deaths in Europe are work-related.

The analysis of EU road safety data, published today by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), finds that a total of 25,671 lives were lost on the road in the European Union in 2016.

Although the exact number of work-related road (WRR) collisions is unknown, based on detailed analysis of data from across Europe, the authors estimate that up to 40% of all road deaths are work-related. In the UK, DfT figures find that at least one in three (31%) fatal crashes and one in four (26%) serious injury crashes in Britain involve someone driving for work.

In response – and as EU road death figures stagnate – the new ETSC report sets out that employers are essential to tackling road risk but says fleets need help and support from national governments and the EU to take action.

The authors also say that government and public authorities should lead by example and adopt work-related road safety management programmes for their employees and their fleets and include vehicle safety in public procurement requirements.

Another key recomendation for member states is to establish a centralised certification service for suppliers who are in compliance with work-related road risk management legal requirements and have safe work policies.

Ireland, along with France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Germany performed best in data collection
and reporting of WWR deaths compared to the 32 countries covered in the report.

Commenting on the report, Jason Wakeford, spokesman for Brake, the UK road safety charity, said: "Reductions in the numbers killed on UK roads have stagnated in recent years. Road deaths fell by just 1.4% between 2010 and 2016 - way short of the EU target. All other EU countries, with the exception of Lithuania, Malta and Sweden, have made better progress and urgent action is needed. It's a disgrace that there are currently no UK targets for reducing the number of road deaths and we are calling for a UK target to be set as a priority for the Government".

Source/Report: European Transport Safety Council (ETSC)

Incentives Improve Worplace Road Safety

“This is where incentives can come into play. Incentives provide a means for employee
recognition. Positive reinforcement has been the most widely used component of behaviour
modification”


The National Road Safety Partnership Program (NSRPP - Australia) have just published an excellent discussion paper which looks at the effectiveness of incentive measures - recognition, tangible rewards and monetary benefits - to motivate behavioural change among staff who drive for work.

Incentives differ from traditional rewards because benefits are conditional on employees’ future safe driving practices, rather than previous practices.

Specifically, the paper looks at:

  • methods of motivating behavioural change through the hierarchy of human needs

  • the elements of an incentives program within a safe driving program

  • the benefits of an incentives program

  • types of incentives programs currently used by organisations

  • the challenges and considerations that incentives can pose

  • and the importance of safety maturity and a safety culture within an organisation

There is substantial experimental and other evidence to suggest that incentive programs improve workplace road safety. 

Workplace road safety is a prime concern when operating a fleet of vehicles, or relying on employees to operate vehicles, within an organisation. When incidents or crashes occur, employees are at risk of injury and the organisation is at risk of substantial costs, which can include a loss of productivity; the potential for liability; damage to the organisation’s reputation; and expensive insurance claims. Keeping employees, and the public, safe on the roads is a key responsibility of any organisation. One effective way to improve workplace road safety, and motivate behavioural change towards safer driving practices, is to incorporate incentives in safe driving initiatives. This is where a driver’s driving practices are monitored, using various technologies, and those drivers with excellent driving records are recognised and/or rewarded.

This NRSPP paper looks at why incentives can work, current incentives schemes used in the real world, and challenges and considerations in using and implementing them.

The three main types of incentives that have been proven to help promote a safety culture are recognition, tangible rewards and monetary benefits.

Recognition is something many people like to receive, so recognition among peers and seniors can be used as an incentive to promote safer driving practices within a fleet.

Tangible rewards allow fleet drivers to publicly display their achievements in safe driving. Tangible rewards can be letters of commendation, plaques, trophies, prizes form catalogues or permitting drivers to upgrade the model of their vehicle or equipment.

Monetary benefits can be in the form of a cheque, reduced personal use charges, or anything else that provides more kept income to the driver. These monetary benefits can be self-funded from the savings made due to safer driving practices.

Source and further reading: The Power of Incentives in Improving Workplace Road Safety NRSPP (Australia)

IOSH Research - DFW Fatalities Under-reported by up to 90%

Road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death globally. They are a matter of serious public health concern and have a significant impact at individual, family, community and population level.

While road traffic fatalities ("RTFs") are reported to the Gardai, the purpose of the journey is not always captured post-collision and this has resulted in unreliable data.  While esimates across several countries, including Ireland, suggest somewhere between a quarter and a half of all RTFs involve someone driving for work, the IOSH research into work-related RTFs ("WR-RTFs") just released also looked at coroners reports.

While the findings were broadly in line with the estimates (23% of the 833 RTF inquest files reviewed involved a worker), in terms of fatality notification through the HSA, WR-RTFs in Ireland have been underestimated by a factor of 1.4 for workers, by a factor of 10 for "Bystander type 1" fatalities - where decedents were not at work, but the other party to the collision was working and work contributed directly to these collisions, ie work was a primary factor. 

Coupled with the fact that total road fatalities in 2016 increased 16pc on 2015, as a society, we urgently need to look at what's being done by everyone involved - individuals, employers, regulators, insurers, media, lawyers and others - to reverse this tragic and unnecessary loss of life.

Source: IOSH

 

ETSC Focus On Managing Grey Fleet Safety

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has published a Short Guide for Companies Whose Staff Drive Their Own Cars For Work

When a driver uses their own vehicle for work, they are still under the responsibility of the employer, and this presents a real challenge for managing associated work related road safety risk. Employers may think that it is easier to manage employees using their own cars for work, instead of a company car fleet. However once all of the considerations are taken into account this may not be the case.

An estimated 14 million people in the UK and at least 600,000 in Ireland are classified as grey fleet drivers.

This very useful guide has been produced to help organisations review and improve grey fleet management, with a specific focus on safety concerns. It will explain the legal responsibilities as well as the business benefits of an effective grey fleet management policy. And it will also explain how grey fleet road risks can be reduced through risk assessment, and stress the importance of integrating grey fleet policy in company procedures and management responsibility.

Download the Managing Grey Fleet Safety Guide here
 

Grey Fleet Described As "A Ticking Time Bomb"

Road risk should be a priority for employers, with more than a third (39%) of work-related deaths in the EU occurring on the road. In the UK that equates to an average of 11 at-work drivers killed every week yet DriverFocus and other visitors to Fleet Management Live on October 6th, heard some businesses are failing to get to grips with the issue, which is costing them an estimated £2.7 billion a year. According to the road safety charity Brake, a third (32%) of employers don't enforce the same maintenance checks and safety policies they employ with company vehicles, with the grey fleet (employees driving their own vehicles for company business). According to Brake officials, if an employer is going to allow employees to drive their own car on business, a good grey fleet policy has to be applied. It should specify a minimum NCAP safety rating or emissions level for cars driven on business, while insisting on regular checks of vehicle documents, driver's license and insurance.

Source:  Fleet News UK

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