Safety & Accident Internalizing Fleet Safety in an Open Road Environment

Some industries have it relatively easy: Set the standards for an internal safety policy and make sure all the stakeholders abide by it, and if anyone deviates from the policy, it will occur within the boundaries of the office building or factory floor.

Fleet requires that the primary element of the work — the vehicle, be it a corporate sedan, a delivery truck, or an emergency vehicle — interact with the “civilian” driver force. For the general welfare of employees and those with whom they share the road, safety and risk management are a must. And, NAFA Fleet Management Association has always understood the far-reaching implications vehicle crashes can have for a fleet.

Safety Policies Inform & Indemnify

Safety impacts the financial bottom line, too. Managing the costs of repairs, liability, medical responsibilities, lost productivity, and — the very worst — fatalities begins with the culture of safety that is imposed upon a driving staff.

Safety experts from organizations such as the National Safety Council (NSC), the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agree that such an “imposition” is necessary. There is always room for compromise, but not when concerning road-readiness. Fleet safety expectations should be communicated clearly, because drivers are held to higher professional standards.

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