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Why is fleet risk management important?

Fleet risk management needs to be a part of your operations in order to protect your people, your property and your profit.

As with all companies, it's your company’s responsibility to ensure that it provides a safe workplace environment, and takes preventative steps to minimise any potential risk. And it's important to be aware that when we talk about your workplace, this now includes your fleet of company vehicles used by your employees.

If you organisation has a mobile workforce, there are a couple of main aspects to focus on to ensure your fleet risk is managed - your vehicles need to be as safe as possible AND your drivers need to be road-safety educated and responsible. Duty of care for your fleet needs to be enforced, making sure your company is compliant, and isn’t liable under the Health and Safety Act.

A key to achieving this duty of care is to create a safe driving culture by establishing fleet risk management systems, policies and procedures. This should involve providing the basics for training, communication and accountability among your teams.

Our goal at SurePlan is to ensure that people, property and profit are protected with unique and effective fleet management solutions and driver training. We can assist you with developing a fleet safety program that identifies and addresses the specific hazards in your fleet, and minimises driver risk. 

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How do you assess fleet risk?

You can assess fleet risk by addressing these key areas:

  • Training: upskilling staff who drive for your company and/or in your vehicles. Any company with a functioning fleet has a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act to provide information, training and supervision to their drivers.
  • Distracted driving: with distracted drivers contributing to 23 fatal crashes in New Zealand in 2016, it’s essential staff are made aware of the dangers of distraction.
  • Legal defence: are your staff up-to-date on their responsibilities under the new Health & Safety Act as it relates to driving either a company vehicle, or their own vehicle for work purposes?
  • Transparent reporting: SurePlan offers transparent reporting and cost analysis on collision history, along with a detailed look at the various risks of the road.
  • Insurance: do you have commercial car insurance cover that best suits your organisation? There are range of options when it comes to the types of policies on offer with varying levels of exposure vs. premium you will pay. 
  • Driver Safety: Ensure your staff are up-to-date with current Health and Safety legislation and adequate training (as stated above).
  • Accident management: this plays a vital role in your company as it deals with the outsourcing of activities, including the lodgement of accident claims and the handling of the vehicle repair process.
  • Vehicle documentation: Have you got a comprehensive vehicle policy that embraces Health & Safety best practices? Having a clear and detailed vehicle policy in place is important for any business to choose the right vehicles for the range of different tasks required by your fleet and drivers.  



How fleet risk management works at SurePlan

At SurePlan, we’ve developed a range of risk solutions to help you manage your fleet, providing a proactive approach to preventing collisions, monitoring driving behaviour and education on managing incidents appropriately.

Our range of solutions and online driver training plans can be implemented to strengthen existing fleet risk management strategies or offer a complete and tailor-made solution.

Our systems and processes have been proven to:
  • Drive down crash rates
  • Provide incident tracking and reporting that’s linked to tested programmes which alter driver awareness and behaviour. This results in cost savings, and delivers OHS compliance across your fleet.
  • Regardless of your company scale, all employers are responsible for the safety of their staff and drivers. We work with organisations that have fleets of varying sizes and complexities, as no matter of scale, all fleets need systems in place to help reduce risks.

How to reduce fleet risk

In order to reduce fleet risk, you should address the following areas:

  • Identify areas of risk: this involves establishing potential at risk drivers and providing them with individual training and solutions to their specific problems, or by identifying repeat offenders.
  • Comprehensive training for all drivers: upskill your drivers on common risks they may face, and how to handle them. SurePlan has developed a range of risk solutions and online driver training plans. We use our e-learning web training tool Driving Safer to help improve driver behaviour and the choices they make. 
  • Register your drivers on Driver Check: this fundamental solution enables the status of driver licences to be monitored by authorised users. This means your company will be notified if a change occurs to a staff member’s licence (expiry, suspension or loss of license).
  • Reporting technology to ensure transparency: thorough reporting is a fundamental part of reducing your fleet risk. SurePlan offers transparent, real-time reporting and provides you with the tools and online training to create better drivers. This involves our web training tool, Driving Safer.
  • Safe driving pledge: we provide a client branded and customised Safe Driving Pledge for all drivers to access online. This aims to get your drivers committed to safe driving practices with the focus being on the most common types of risks specific drivers face.

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Talk to us about your fleet risk management programme.

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