New guidance from Vehicle procurement for safety: Passive safety systems will help fleet managers who want to introduce the latest life-saving technologies.
The guidance, published by the Global Fleet Champions campaign, calls for businesses who rely on and employ people whose work involves driving to prioritise safety and introduce the safest vehicles into their fleets.
Launched in February by Brake, the Global Fleet Champions campaign is a call to fleet operators and managers in the UK and beyond to tackle the dangers associated with driving.
The aim is to ultimately reduce deaths and serious collisions, while also tackling the threat associated with pollution.
And now, the Vehicle procurement for safety: Passive safety systems document guides fleet managers through the process of choosing and fitting vehicles with passive safety systems, which are internal and external safety features that reduce the risk of death and serious injury if a collision occurs.
Examples include using seat belts and airbags, seat belt reminders, and ‘forgiving’ vehicle structures that prevent those people outside the vehicle from being hit by a single rigid component.
The idea is this will reduce the risk of significant injury.
Vehicle procurement for safety: Passive safety systems calls on the expertise of key players within road safety, and advises fleet managers to consider the benefits of passive safety systems before buying or leasing a vehicle; fleet operators are also urged to check the passive safety systems already attached to vehicles are used correctly.
Sarah Plumb, senior fleet operator at Brake, the road safety charity, said the guidance is a “valuable resource.”
She said: “It is vital that fleet managers prioritise safety and introduce the safest vehicles available into their fleet.
“This guidance report is a valuable resource for any professional with responsibility for at-work drivers and vehicles.”
Recent measures approved by the European Parliament will also ensure greater safety on the roads from 2022, which could save 25,000 lives in 15 years.