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What is fleet risk management?

[ 0 ] Posted by on June 18, 2018

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Fleet risk management is the process of ensuring company drivers are trained and competent. It creates a safe driving culture within an organisation.

Every company has an obligation to ensure that their workplace is safe. For company drivers, that workplace is often on wheels. Fleet risk management identifies the risks and hazards company drivers face on the road and delivers training to help them carry out their work duties as safely as possible.

The person responsible for overseeing fleet risk management is the fleet manager. In absence of that role, the operations manager is responsible. Sometimes, companies also outsource this aspect of their organisation. DriveTech are one such partner, helping fleets identify risks and rollout solutions to solve them.

What is the goal of fleet risk management?

With fleet risk management, the overarching goal is to create a safe driving culture within an organisation. Such a culture promotes excellence, with the best-behaved fleets receiving less complaints about wayward company drivers on the road.

Importantly, a fleet risk management process ensures compliance with the law, since employers are required by law to ensure the health and safety of employees under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Employers are also required by law to carry out risk assessments under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Fleets who don’t comply risk prosecution.

What does fleet management entail?

Fleet management varies between organisations. The structure of a fleet management process can depend on fleet size, type, and use. One thing all programmes have in common though is risk surveys and driver training and coaching.

  1. Risk surveys

A risk survey, or risk audit as it’s sometimes called, is an organisational evaluation which identifies areas of risk in a fleet and areas of non-compliance. At its most basic level, a risk survey will consider legal, financial and operational issues to form a complete picture of the current state of a fleet. It then recommends remedial actions. These might include one-on-one training and regular driving licence checks.

  1. Driver training and coaching

Whether it’s theory or practical, driver training and coaching is an essential part of a fleet risk management programme. Fleets who operate vans, trucks and other commercial vehicles find that specialist coaching is the best way to improve driver behaviour, attitude and competence. Driver training and coaching is deliverable for all vehicles and use types, so everything from off-road 4x4s to HGVs are covered.

These are but two elements of a successful fleet management programme.

If you operate a fleet that doesn’t take fleet risk management as seriously as it should, now’s a good a time as any to get started.

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