Fleet Forum to Host AV Workshop at Annual Conference

Increasingly, organisations are involved in emergencies with war and violence. In these volatile environments, support to beneficiaries is even more depending of staff being able to travel. To protect staff, the number of Armoured Vehicles (AVs) being used by organisations is increasing rapidly.

Mismanagement or misuse of AVs can lead to program delays or disruptions with dire consequences. In most organisations, the AV’s are being managed like light (soft skin) vehicles. This causes some serious risks, from an increase in number of crashes and break-downs to AVs becoming non-operational because they cannot be maintained or repaired.

While fleet managers are not directly responsible for reducing security & safety risks of AVs, they are responsible for making sure AVs are available, well maintained and driven by qualified drivers.

In 2012, Fleet Forum facilitated three AV-related workshops with the support of USAID, DFID, UNHCR and UNICEF. These workshops covered a range of subjects such as ballistic standards and classification, security, vehicle selection and procurement, standardisation and interoperability, driver training, disposal strategy, and driving instruction. In 2017, Fleet Forum will continue to build on the progress made.

Raising awareness on the challenges of managing AVs

As the use of AVs in a humanitarian context rises, so does the need to acknowledge and address the implications of purchasing and operating AVs in this day. Fleet Forum will administer a survey to gain insight into:

  • The process by which organisations conclude the need for AVs as well as the factors considered when selecting AV provider
  • The key challenges of operating AVs as well as the impact of the mentioned challenges (in relation to costs, training, maintenance and disposal)
  • Comparison between the challenges in countries with high concentration of AVs
  • Successful approaches used by organisations to minimise their challenges
  • Lessons learned from owning AVs (for those organisations who have been using AVs 
for +3 years


Workshop: Preparing Your Organisation to Manage Armoured Vehicles

There are a variety of ways in which humanitarian workers can be protected: from gaining acceptance within a community who can hen protect the humanitarian worker, to military or armoured escorts, with a wide range of options in between. Just like military escorts, the use of AVs has both advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side, AVs provide greater physical, and perhaps even psychological, security. On the negative side, AVs move very slowly which can be an obstruction in the event of an actual attack.

On June 16, Fleet Forum will host a ½ day workshop right after the Annual Conference to map out the decision-making process organisations go through when concluding to purchase AVs.

The workshop is open for fleet managers and security staff that are already or intend to operate AVs as well as AV manufacturers and service providers.

During the workshop, the results of the survey will be presented. Participants will brainstorm on the fleet management related factors and questions they should consider when operating AVs. After the workshop, Fleet Forum will use the input of participants to create a decision tree tool that can guide staff when managing AVs.

To register, please send an email to Nikita.Udhwani@fleetforum.org.