24 May 23

Fleet Safety Requires Global Standards

Ahead of the UN/WHO Global Road Safety Week, "Together for Safer Roads," a prominent NGO in the truck safety sector, has launched the "Fleet Trucking Global Safety Standards Initiative."

Lack of Global Standards

The United Nations, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, has expressed concerns about road safety and is striving to achieve "Vision Zero," a target to reduce road deaths and injuries by half of their current rates by 2030.

Currently, there are no global safety standards in the trucking industry, making it challenging to establish uniform regulations across various sectors worldwide. While initiatives similar to NCAP standards for cars exist, their impact remains limited due to a lack of global coordination.

Sector Support

Working within the UN Road Safety Collaboration ecosystem is considered the appropriate approach, according to Cormac Gilligan, a board member of Together for Safer Roads. He highlights the benefits of embracing universal safety-based technologies for fleet trucks, enabling more equitable deployment of safer trucks in secondary resale markets. Purchasers will have the opportunity to acquire trucks that meet the standards of the largest global fleet operators, eliminating costly retrofitting expenses. Gilligan, who is also the Global Head EHS at UPS, shares this perspective alongside representatives from Anheuser-Busch InBev, Vision Track, and Republic Safety.

Importance for Global and Regional Fleet Managers

Road safety, particularly the well-being of employees on the road, is a critical concern for the Global Fleet and Fleet Europe community. As such, safety, among other relevant topics, will be at the forefront of the Fleet Europe LCV Expert Day, scheduled for June 15th in collaboration with Sortimo in the Munich area.

Tickets are still available on the website, and customer profiles (fleet managers, procurement, facilities, HR, corporate governance, etc.) can request a free access code by emailing us..

Author : David Baudeweyns