Modern workplaces come in all shapes and sizes, many workplaces may also come on wheels. The unfortunate reality is that, on average, 31 New Zealanders die in work-related road crashes each year and many more are injured.
ACC, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), the Police and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) have joined together to develop the Fleet Safety Programme, which aims at cutting the toll those crashes take on businesses, injured workers and their families.
The programme begins in Waikato and Bay of Plenty and will go nationwide from December 2012.
Road safety is a major workplace issue. As an employer, under health and safety legislation you have a responsibility to ensure your employees are safe when on the road – a vehicle is considered as much a workplace as the office or factory.
Improving road safety also makes good business sense, as well-managed fleets can reduce company costs, improve productivity and contribute to safer roads.
The Fleet Safety programme helps employers and fleet managers improve their fleet safety by offering information, advice and practical help.
The programme offers a new approach in that it uses traffic infringement, crash and fleet data from the Police and NZTA, which is then combined with ACC claims and MBIE employer data.
This data is then analysed to produce a risk assessment of any particular company that has five or more fleet vehicles. That means businesses that may need help with fleet safety can be identified.
Local teams from the four partner agencies can visit these businesses to offer advice and initiatives that can reduce that risk.
Often even small changes can have a significant impact on improving fleet safety.
The Fleet Safety website, fleetsafety.govt.nz, provides information and resources relating to road safety, traffic infringements, and how to create a workplace fleet health and safety policy.
There is also a secure section that allows employers or fleet managers to access their businesses fleet information to see how they’re performing.
Contact ACC for more information on the Fleet Safety Programme:
Phone: 0800 844 657
Last updated: 28 August 2012
Last reviewed: 23 January 2014