Leadership of fleet safety and sustainability doesn’t just happen. It needs to be enabled through committed and knowledgeable directors working to defined and well-written procedures. Strong leadership is needed to manage work-related road risk in countries and communities worldwide.
Global Fleet Champions’ new report Effective leadership for safe and healthy mobility in fleets contains guidance for fleet managers on how they can develop leadership skills within their organisation to drive forward the road safety agenda.
In the report, sponsor Lytx discusses what it takes to deliver a culture of safety and how to secure senior leadership support for new initiatives, while Colin Paterson, marketing director at DriveTech, offers advice on how to develop leadership within an organisation.
Independent leadership consultant Scott Gould also gives examples of effective leaders from different sectors, and Peter Milchard, lead tutor for the Institute of Car Fleet Management, discusses why strong leadership is important to protect your drivers.
The guidance also features a case study from Gateshead Council, sharing how it has overhauled its driver training and enhanced safety policies after finding that new drivers and vehicles were not meeting its high safety and leadership standards.
Sarah Plumb, senior fleet officer at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Global Fleet Champions reports offer best-practice advice for fleet managers who are striving for safe and healthy mobility.
“Strong leadership is essential to fleet organisations that are looking to protect their drivers and other road users on the roads. Any organisation that cares about road safety should look to embed a culture of leadership at all levels where staff take responsibility for safety and are empowered to find their own effective solutions to problems they encounter.”
Damian Penney, vice president of Lytx, Europe said: “Lytx is pleased to partner with Brake to emphasise the importance of implementing fleet safety programmes. When fleets concentrate on driving behaviours with a focus on safe driving, they not only make the roads a safer place for everyone, they also can reduce costs that arise from collisions, claims, insurance as well as fuel, vehicle maintenance and repair costs.”