Crashes involving at-work drivers are forecast to reduce as employers benefit from a new online benchmarking tool launched with government support.
The free to use Fleet Safety Benchmarking tool – www.fleetsafetybenchmarking.net – enables employers across the public, private and voluntary sectors to measure their at-work road safety performance against a wide-range of other organisations.
Measuring both processes and outcomes, the tool is suitable for use across a comprehensive range of vehicle types including company cars, motorcycles, light commercial vehicles, HGVs, minibuses, buses and ‘grey fleet’ vehicles – privately-owned cars driven on business trips.
The tool uses 30 questions to examine an employer’s current practices across six key areas: Road safety management policy; organisational leadership and culture; journey and mobility management; driver recruitment, induction, management and wellbeing; vehicle selection, safety, management and security; and corporate, community and supply chain road safety.
Having inputted data, a report will provide question by question responses and feedback including questions scored and reported against averages determined from other users’ information, data tables and graphs based on each of the six sections of gap analysis. Data analysis will provide information on collision rates per vehicle and per one million kilometres driven as well as by vehicle and incident type and location.
After analysing how a specific fleet compares with other tool users, registered participants will be able to access a wealth of resources to enable existing policies to be updated and new risk management solutions introduced. That includes links to best practice and case studies, surgery and good practice request processes and conference call discussions.
The Fleet Safety Benchmarking tool is being delivered as a contribution to the work of the Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ORSA) by the team behind the Driving for Better Business (DfBB) campaign with backing from the Department for Transport and in collaboration with a range of fleet-related organisations.
Those organisations include the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence programme, global provider of driver safety management solutions Interactive Driving Systems, RoSPA and TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) as well as Fleet Forum, an international interagency association whose focus includes sharing concerns about road safety and fleet efficiency. Support has also come from the Australian National Road Safety Partnership Programme.