Cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable people on the roads. Protecting those people, while also minimising the risk that one of their drivers will be involved in a crash, are some of the most important steps that fleet managers can take towards raising road safety standards.
New guidance has been published by Global Fleet Champions to help fleet operators protect some of the most vulnerable people on the roads.
Protecting vulnerable road users: Guidance for fleet managers features expert advice on how to minimise the risk that transport operations pose to people who walk or cycle.
Representatives from America Walks, a charity dedicated to promoting safe pedestrian mobility, discuss the principles of the safe systems approach to road safety, while MiX Telematics shares insights into some of the technologies that fleet operators can use to protect vulnerable road users.
UK-based waste disposal company O’Donovan also provides a case study of its experience introducing new training programmes and improving vehicle designs to ensure its drivers’ journeys do not lead to potentially fatal crashes.
Sarah Plumb, senior fleet officer at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Global Fleet Champions guidance offers best-practice advice and examples from industry leaders to help fleet organisations safely manage their journeys.
“Fleet organisations have a duty to make sure that journeys carried out on their behalf do not harm anyone else on the roads. Minimising the risk that fleet operations pose to people who walk or cycle is one of the most important things you can do to raise road safety standards for everyone.”
Jonathan Bates, head of global marketing at MiX Telematics, said “Sharing best practice derived from industry experts and industry leaders with the objective of minimising risk to vulnerable road users is something that we are very passionate about and we’re very proud to work with Brake to help raise road safety standards.”