New Year Special: 6 Safety Resolutions You Should Implement Immediately
Time Management for Fleet Safety – Make a note of every fleet safety activity you are responsible for on a weekly/monthly basis and then work out how much time is actually needed and assign the time for each activity. Take a couple of minutes to familiarise yourself with each activity prior to working on them and remember to fully commit to each task and keep to the scheduled times to avoid distraction!
Vehicle Safety ‘’a grey area’’ – Develop an action plan for 2016 that targets the safety and legal compliance of private cars used by your employees on company business, often referred to as grey fleet. Look carefully at the business trips made by your employees using their own cars. If an employee uses their own vehicle to go to the bank or a training course, this could still be classified as a business trip. Ensure that you review the following items within your plan as your company could be liable if the driver and vehicle were involved in a crash.
Are you sure the driver has the correct type of business insurance?
Have you checked the driver’s driving licence?
Is their vehicle safe and legal?, tyres, brakes, lights, windscreen wash etc?
Does the vehicle have a valid MOT?
Is the vehicle taxed?
Is the vehicle serviced?
Does the vehicle match the safety standards of your regular company cars? Age, condition, safety devices such as ABS, ESP, airbags etc?
Review your driving for work policies and procedures – January is the perfect time to review your current driving cars_rowfor work policies and procedures. Remember to include your front line drivers in the creation of any new procedures and the review of existing policies as very often, they have the best ideas! Develop a simple question set relating to your driving for work materials to test everyone’s understanding (including senior managers) and to identify additional training needs. In addition, perform a review of the incidents during 2015 and set some KPIs designed to increase safety and to reduce costs. An example would be to reduce incident rates and fuel spend caused by driving through utilising teleconferencing rather than driving to meetings.