Fleet safety: does size matter?

A survey of 50 Australian road freight transport operators has found that companies with larger fleets have poorer claim rates and rely more on setting criteria and rules for vehicles and drivers than their smaller, well performing peers.

The study by Transport and Safety Research at the University of NSW suggests that companies with lower claim rates focused more strongly on proactive risk assessment.

The study concludes that smaller fleet operators generally have fewer defect notices, do more safety-related checking and monitoring – e.g. safety audits, checking traffic conditions, speed limiting on poorer quality roads, checking accident history at recruitment – pay drivers for all time worked, actively monitor driver work and work load, and pay attention to policy and compliance by having a formal approach to policy breaches, seeking driver input into workplace health and safety and responding quickly to safety concerns.

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