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Global Fleet Champions’ Manifesto on work-related transportation safety

Global Fleet Champions – the global campaign to reduce road deaths and prevent pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes, led by Brake – says work-related road crashes are a critical, but often unrecognised, safety problem for most organisations in both the private and public sectors.

The manifesto begins by citing the issues around work-related road safety, and why it is still not seen as an important factor for non-transport businesses where the main revenue stream may not rely on transport. However, change is already occurring in the sphere and cooperative knowledge is seen as key in its development across the globe. The Manifesto puts the process on a global scale for this reason, and sets out the raft of issues each organisation needs to consider.

This Global Fleet Champions Manifesto is written for consideration and implementation by any organisation that wishes to champion the safe and sustainable movement of goods or people as part of the undertaking of work, either through use of vehicles and drivers owned/employed by the organisation, or by other organisations on their behalf.

The Manifesto can be signed by any organisation working to adopt road risk management practices within its operations. It aims to follow safe system principles and endorse and support the messaging and contents of many available road risk management tools.

The Manifesto set out that a responsible organisation should have:

    • Allocated resources to support safe and sustainable operation of transport.
    • A written mission statement that includes a presiding commitment to safe and sustainable operations, including safe and sustainable transport.
    • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the heart of the organisation’s culture, with a director assigned to have responsibility for CSR
    • A voice from the top. There must be communication mechanisms and schedules that require and enable directors to talk about the importance of safe and sustainable use of transport by the organisation
    • Job descriptions for company directors assigning accountability for safe and sustainable road use
    • Training procedures for directors and managers, written into an annually updated manual, that enable organisation leaders to (a) have relevant knowledge of management of safe and sustainable road use
    • A safety and sustainability strategy
    • Organisations must have written policies for all aspects of safe and sustainable operation that preside over detailed procedures
    • External connections to stay abreast of current best practice

To download and save the full Manifesto, click here.

Written by Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.

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