MANUAL OF FLEET MANAGEMENT
An organisation’s risk profile for work related transport activities is determined by the nature of its business and its culture towards a safety environment or, put simply, the way it conducts its business.
Under current legislation the organisation will be held responsible for and can be held liable for any and all related (negative) outcomes from its transport activities.
Responsibility is extended from the individual driver to those tasked with determining the transport need, identifying and reducing or mitigating risk and actively managing the process. It puts responsibility on all those involved in the transport chain, whatever their capacity.
In broad terms, if the organisation and its management facilitates, either by direct action or inaction, any situation or circumstance that results in a negative outcome for either the employee or any other person that the employee’s actions affect, then the organisation and its managers can be held liable.
This places a clear responsibility on the organisation to carry out assessments and periodic reviews, of the organisation’s safety/risk/harm awareness and minimisation system.
The following is a discussion of the issues the organisation needs to address followed by a gap analysis to determine whether or not the organisation’s transport needs are being effectively and safely managed.
Note: These considerations are not exhaustive and are dependent on the nature of the organisation. There may be other issues that also need to be addressed.