The Fleet Safety Forum, a division of Brake, the road safety charity, has published its annual survey of fleet managers comparing road risk management practices among 134 organisations ranging from global to small family-run businesses. 

More than half (59%) of fleet managers overlooked how much risk exposure can be cut down simply by driving less for work. Encouraging employees to take public transport and use each journey efficiently cuts down fuel, insurance, maintenance and parking charges.
Young drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of crashes owing to inexperience and over-confidence. Almost half of companies (47%) have specific young driver policies in place but only one in three (29%) have additional or tailored risk assessments for young drivers. Almost half (44%) of organisations are addressing the increased risk posed by excess speed by using telematics to monitor speed and improve driver safety.

Brake recognises the progress fleet managers have made to improve safety, but understands there is more that can be done. That is why the charity's Fleet Safety Forum exists; it is a not-for-profit service providing subscribers with clear and up to the minute advice on a wide range of fleet safety topics. For a low annual fee subscribers get access to research reports such as the one just published, as well as guidance sheets for managers and drivers, a regular e-bulletin, best practice case studies on companies that have been successful in managing road risk, interactive e-learning tools and more.

The research report is free for subscribers to the Fleet Safety Forum. The first 50 non-subscriber companies to request a copy of report can do so for free, by emailing Thereafter it costs £5 for non-subscribers.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, says: "Encouraging public transport and making efficient use of every journey helps minimise the amount of time spent 'on the road', reducing exposure to risk. This is an easy way of cutting down insurance, maintenance and fuel costs and I'd urge all fleet managers to sign up to the Fleet Safety Forum and to this webinar to learn from real world examples of making fleets safer and saving money at the same time."


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Posted April 17th, 2012 at 0905 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: