Fleet Risk Management - A Brief History

By the early '90's it started to become apparent that the best fleet training providers were being asked to take a much more active role in the overall reduction of fleets' risks than simply providing non-standardised in-vehicle driver training.

Those with the resources and the intellectual capability were being asked to assist with such things as accident statistic interpretation, car park design, poster and publicity campaigns, delivering workshops to drivers and non-drivers (spouses, children etc.) and a range of other measures identified in partnership with their clients.

With the relative number of professional fleet managers reducing, in favour of the great 'outsourcing' of services that eventually blighted companies across industry boundaries, so Finance Directors, HR and Health & Safety professionals were effectively forced to take on fleet risk management roles that were normally outside their scope of experience and expertise.

Thus came along a slightly less flexible but more understandable approach to managing fleet risk.

Whichever way you look at it, practical driver training (whilst undoubtedly the most effective way of reducing risk) is or can be an expensive training intervention for an employer to apply to his/her entire fleet. There are so many variables; staff turnover, the types of driving they do, the value of goods carried, the drivers' individual exposure to risk by virtue of their age, and so on.

What was therefore required was a method to highlight those individual drivers who would benefit most from practical training but at the same time not excluding other drivers from the process. After all, an evolving 'safety culture' is difficult to encourage if only a handful of employees are aware of its benefits.
The concept of fleet risk management was due in no small part to the individuals now at the helm of Automotional. Some time before the establishment of the Work Related Road Safety Task Group, there were already commercially available fleet risk management programmes.

Typically these programmes commence with an in-depth analysis of the clients' concerns, business model, accident stats, workforce 'demographics' and other areas of concern. On the back of this information is generated a fleet risk management programme which may included (but not be limited to) remote assessments for drivers, some form of distance learning, practical training for identified drivers and a comprehensive reporting system so that employers know at a glance what issues they may have within their fleet.

Automotional prides itself on providing what is currently the industry-leading standard in fleet risk management solutions, comprising the sum of nearly 75 years of combined innovation and experience in the market and a down to earth but technology led , real world approach to reducing (and maintaining at a low level) work-related road accidents and their dreadful consequences.

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