Fleet Safety Programme Overview – An Innovative Approach to Improving Occupational Road Safety in NZ

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Sandra Nelson
Accident Compensation Corporation
18 Sale Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Sandra.nelson@acc.co.nz

(P03, Wednesday 26, Civic Room 1, 12.00)

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Fleet Safety Programme Overview – An Innovative Approach to Improving Occupational Road Safety in NZ

  1. 1. Fleet Safety Programme Overview
  2. 2. Introducing Fleet Safety
  3. 3. What is the Fleet Safety Programme? Positive and proactive injury prevention programme targeting work related road use • Four government agencies working to make our roads safer • Uses technology and data to identify organisations that can best benefit from our help to improve fleet safety • Tailored interventions for those organisations with highest risk of road crashes • Best practice Fleet Safety information available via website fleetsafety.govt.nz
  4. 4. Who is involved in Fleet Safety? Four government agencies are working together to deliver the programme as part of Safer Journeys strategy • New Zealand Transport Agency • Department of Labour • ACC • Police
  5. 5. Why do we need the programme? The injury and death toll for work related road crashes is too high • On average, 31 New Zealanders die in work-related road crashes each year and many more are injured • Internationally, it is estimated work related incidents make up 25% of the road toll • 18,000 fleets of 5 or more vehicles • 12,500 fleets of 10 or more vehicles
  6. 6. Who is covered by the programme? Fleet Safety covers any person who drives as part of their job • All vehicle types – cars, vans, light commercial and trucks • Organisational fleets of five vehicles or more • Fleet managers and business owners are responsible for work road safety under Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002
  7. 7. Road safety and HSE Act 2002 The 2002 amendment to HSE Act made it clear that people who are mobile at work are covered by the Act • Drivers’ personal behaviours covered as potential work hazards and sources of harm • Act covers employees in their own or rented vehicles not just work vehicles • Identifies that certain behaviour may create a hazard
  8. 8. How Fleet Safety works
  9. 9. How does the programme work? Fleet Safety follows three key steps • Collect data and analyse to produce crash risk score • Alert companies to their crash risk and point to website for self help • Offer tailored assistance to improve safety to companies at highest risk
  10. 10. Step 1 – collect data Initial data is provided by NZ Police and New Zealand Transport Agency NZTA data includes: • Warrant and Certificate of fitness failure rates • Vehicle kilometres travelled • Driver hours Infringement data includes: • Alcohol and drug impairment • Dangerous driving • Speed • Restraints • Fatigue Crash data
  11. 11. Research showed that companies had little understanding of their crash risk and their responsibilities to manage on road health and safety • Letter sent to companies that have amber or red risk ratings or that have a vehicle involved in serious traffic incident • Provided log on details to access their fleet data in secure section of fleetsafety.govt.nz • Prompted to use the tools and resources on website to improve their health and safety practices Step 2 – alert companies
  12. 12. Step 3 – offer tailored assistance For those companies at highest risk, staff from the partner agencies can come and assist to help improve fleet safety • One or more of the agencies proactively working face to face with company • Range of interventions and tools to help improve safety performance • Regular review and continued involvement as crash risk improves to acceptable level
  13. 13. Benefits of Fleet Safety
  14. 14. For companies Fleet managers getting the information they need to manage their risk • Alerted to their risk rating proactively • Can access data about their fleet previously not available • Range of resources and tools available in one place to make change if needed • Tailored help from agencies if needed • Improved fleet safety benefits the bottom line
  15. 15. For partner agencies Targeting resources to help those most at risk • Sharing data more effectively than ever before – working from evidence base • Working collaboratively to match best resources and skill sets to those who need it most • Improved safety through safer drivers and safer vehicles
  16. 16. What next?
  17. 17. Phased roll out The Fleet Safety programme will be rolled out district by district • Starting with Waikato and Bay of Plenty in January 2012
  18. 18. Questions?

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