30% of New Zealand’s road accidents are work-related, including 31 fatalities last year.

Use of vehicles for any business purpose is now deemed to be “a place of work” but historically employers haven’t acknowledged driving behaviour as a work-related skill, nor have they provided robust driver support resources in the event of a collision.  But the new Health & Safety at Work regulations will apply from April 4th so change is coming soon!  In the meantime research conducted by the Government’s Fleet Safety programme indicates that companies have little understanding of their crash risk or their responsibilities to manage on-road Health & Safety.

The new legislation will create a “positive duty” on business managers who must exercise due diligence to ensure compliance- and penalties for failure will be significant.  Health and Safety is now firmly part of business governance and every investigation into a vehicle collision involving injury will review the role of driver safety and support programmes.

Employers have a responsibility to ensure their employees are safe when on the road.  This includes any organisation running large or small vehicle fleets or pool car systems or “grey fleets” i.e. employees who use their own vehicles for work purposes.

Crash Management can customise fully compliant accident management programmes to suit the specific requirements of any fleet operator large or small. This includes Vehicle Use Policies, Driver Repatriation Plans and co-ordination of all collision repairs.  Our comprehensive 24/7 accident management service is also the most competitively priced in the New Zealand market at half the cost of our nearest competitor for twice the service. Call us now to discuss how “the Crash Management way” can help ensure your fleet and driver support complies with the new requirements.

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4 Responses

  1. Jenni J
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    This is good advice and a well timed reminder to all fleet operators, accident management is an essential plank in our company fleet services programme and Crash Management deliver excellent service to us. The emergency driver assistance protocols and detailed incident analysis is also invaluable. No commercial fleet can afford to be without it. Thanks Crash Team.

  2. Leslie Franks
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    Insurers are very Health & Safety conscious and provide very good salvage service in emergencies. The main brands have also completed H&S audits on the top quality repairers. I’d be more concerned about some of the panelbeaters courtesy cars , they’re often old and substandard so could be a H&S risk. Some are free and other panelbeaters charge for them so are better quality courtesy cars. This service could be better controlled and standardised so clients know exactly what to expect, particularly that they safe.

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