Fleet Forum’s Fleet Safety Guide Endorsed by AA DriveTech

GENEVA, Switzerland – November, 2011 – Fleet Forum, an independent knowledge centre focused on improving the safety and efficiency of humanitarian vehicle fleets, announced that AA DriveTech, the UK-based provider of driver training, assessment, and driver awareness programs, has given its full endorsement to Fleet Forum’s Fleet Safety Guide. The Fleet Safety Guide is a hands-on document that uses a step-by-step approach to implement a road safety management system and culture within aid and development organisations.

Rose van Steijn, Programme Manager of Fleet Forum, personally trained approximately 450 staff members of various organisations. “95% of the people that we trained are managers. We believe that implementing safety in an organisation always starts with training managers. Training drivers is important, but that is most effective after the managers have been trained.”

That training has translated into lives saved and injuries avoided—a significant impact when losing the breadwinner in the family can have a devastating financial effect on a family, especially in developing countries, beyond the emotional impact of that loss. “Since the start of the development of the Fleet Safety Management Guide in 2007, we have trained about 2,500 staff members of humanitarian organizations,” reports Paul Jansen, Executive Director of Fleet Forum. “From management awareness training to implementing a fleet safety management system, this turns out to be very successful. The organisations that implemented a road safety management system with the guide reported a 45% reduction in accidents and a 50% reduction in maintenance and repair of their fleet.”

The Fleet Safety Guide was developed in cooperation with humanitarian organisations, corporate organizations, and donors to address the global road safety crisis. Each year, road accidents kill 1.3 million people—equivalent to approximately 3,000 deaths every day—and an additional 20-50 million are injured or permanently disabled.

“We are very proud of the fact that AA Drive Tech has endorsed the Fleet Safety Guide,” says van Steijn. “AA Drive Tech is one of the largest fleet risk management and education companies in the UK, and their recognition of the Fleet Safety Guide shows us that the guide meets their standards. This endorsement will help us to stimulate organisations to work with the Fleet Safety Guide and reduce their accidents and their costs.”

In her position, van Steijn hears about the positive outcome of safety training. “One senior manager told me, ‘Our organization lost seven staff members a couple of years ago when the vehicle they were traveling in was involved in a crash. I am happy that our organization is now taking steps to make sure that we are safe.’”

Founded in 2003, Fleet Forum is an interagency association of more than 40 members, including NGOs, international organisations, the United Nations, academic institutions, donors, and corporate partners. Its mission is to enable its members to improve their transport performance in road safety, environmental efficiency, and cost efficiency in order to save lives, save the planet, and save costs.

AA DriveTech, founded in 1990 and based in Basingstoke, England, has built up a strong reputation for setting standards and benchmarks in the industry. Their mission is to provide the most effective and innovative solutions, using education and technology, to minimize risk for all road users.

Both organisations are active supporters of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and its goal to save five million lives over the ten-year period.