Overcoming the barriers to fleet safety in Australia
Murray, Will, Tay, Richard S., Watson, Barry C., & Schonfeld, Cynthia C. (2001) Overcoming the barriers to fleet safety in Australia. In 2001 Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 18-20 November 2001, Melbourne, Victoria.
Improved fleet safety can enhance business effectiveness, road safety and occupational health and safety. This paper reviews several recent UK and Australian-based projects to identify a range of barriers to successful fleet safety. Ten such barriers are identified as: purpose of journey data, operational procedures and structures, senior management commitment, integration between fleet safety and OH&S, ‘claims -led’ procedures, crash investigations, standard definitions and conventions, reactive focus on injury prevention, inflexible attitudes to change and poor management. The main area for improvement in the research, the need for more rigorous evaluation incorporating a control group, is also identified.
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