The new Global Fleet Champions campaign has released new guidance designed for managers who want to introduce new, safer vehicles into their fleets.
This guidance, which comes hot on the heels of the launch of Global Fleet Champions, is a comprehensive guide for fleet managers when choosing new vehicles with active safety systems, designed to prevent crashes from occurring; or, on the occasions they do occur, significantly reduce the risk of death or serious injury.
Ross Moorlock is the Business Development Director at Brake, the road safety charity. He believes the new technology has the potential to provide “significant safety benefits.”
He said: “Active safety systems can save lives, but our recent research suggests their potential benefits are not yet being fully realised.
“These technologies offer significant safety benefits when fitted into fleet vehicles, and their effectiveness increases when multiple systems are used together.
“The more active safety systems fitted within a vehicle, the safer it has the potential to be.
“We hope fleet operators around the world will find this guidance useful and consider using it to improve the safety of their vehicles.”
The guidance that is detailed within the report outlines the benefits of these main technologies, detailing the minimum safety standards that must be followed.
It comes as a committee of MEPs have voted for the implementation of mandatory safety standards that will make vehicles throughout Europe much safer.
This will include a new direct vision standard for buses and lorries – which fits neatly with Transport for London’s Vision Zero commitment – while other technologies will be put in place to assist with braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, and overrideable speed assistance.
These active safety systems can dramatically reduce collisions, with European Commission research revealing the adoption of intelligent speed assistance could reduce crashes by almost a third, and deaths by a fifth.
The new guidance will help fleet managers choose vehicles that are equipped with these technologies, and therefore much safer.