Nov
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2014

Updates: November 2014

Events

Workshop: Professionalising humanitarian transport cannot wait

Transportation and logistics is a leading cost to humanitarian organisations, second only to staff costs. And, yet, still too many logistics and transport operations continue to be run in haphazard, unprofessional ways leading to operational disruption and potential reputational risk.

A one-day workshop, that took place on 11 November in Brussels, Belgium, focused on professionalising the humanitarian logistics and fleet management functions by identifying the skill set and knowledge levels needed to be successful. The workshop, entitled Professionalising the role of Logistics and Fleet Management in Aid & Development Organisations, targeted senior managers from the aid and development sector who see the need for professionalization, and wish to contribute their expertise. Read more.

Membership

Fleet Forum Membership now available

We are pleased to invite you to become a member of Fleet Forum as of 1 January 2015.

Under our new membership model, we will continue providing support targeted to the aid and development and commercial transport sectors in low- and middle-income countries. We will also continue to focus on three core areas: Efficient and effective humanitarian action; increased fleet and road safety; and improved environmental impact.

Becoming a member is easy. Just complete the online application form. Read about the benefits of membership on our website.

Pilot

Driver technology returns focus to ‘safety first’

Driver assistance technology is not just another fancy car gadget. A recent pilot of the Mobileye Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, facilitated by Fleet Forum and Mobileye, shows that the presence of the technology in a driver’s vehicle has a dramatic impact on that driver’s attitude and behaviour.

Under the pilot, NGOs Riders for Health and Catholic Relief Services installed the Mobileye system in several of their vehicles in their Nigerian operations, testing it for six months.

Riders for Health discovered a 62% reduction in unsafe following distance from the vehicle in front and a 50% reduction in near collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Catholic Relief Services reported that the system helped it to identify and address reckless drivers. Read more.

 

Tools

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Discarded vehicles may destroy your organisation’s value

Old, discarded vehicles could be destroying your organisation’s financial value. While there can be very good reasons to dispose of a vehicle, how and when it’s disposed are important decisions that can have a significant impact on an organisation’s costs, its fleet safety record and its environmental impact.

A new Vehicle Disposal Guide, developed by Fleet Forum, UNHCR and DFID (Department for International Development) is designed to help organisations make thoughtful, structured decisions on the best disposal method for them at a particular time.

The guide outlines the pros and cons of different methods and provides a structured Vehicle Disposal Process checklist to choose the best method. Read more.

Recognition

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Fleet Forum recognised for improving road safety in India

Fleet Forum was awarded the Maruti Suzuki Road Safety Mission Award 2014 for our efforts to improve road safety in India.

More than 200,000 people die in road traffic accidents in India every year, the majority of which are children and youth. Our Road Safety Education in Schools programme targets school-age children, teaching them how to identify road traffic signs and protect themselves against road dangers.

The pilot programme, funded by Shell India, was implemented in 2013. To date it has reached more than 600 school students in three cities across India. It will be rolled-out more extensively in 2015, with the continued support of our corporate partners Shell and Johnson & Johnson. Read more.