Driving overseas is dangerous, so many factors combine to make it that way. Often we are on the other side of the road, in unfamiliar vehicles with poorly trained drivers operating the other vehicles on the road. The attitude of drivers in the UK is often entirely different to that of drivers in other countries, a drive on a motorway in Italy will convince you of that!
For many organisations running a fleet overseas, it is local drivers who get us from A to B and putting your life in the hands of someone who is poorly trained carries huge risk. Many injuries are caused by poor driving, aggressive attitude, poorly maintained vehicles and roads, yet driver training for local staff is often ignored.
The solution comes in a combination of training and procedures that drastically reduce the number of accidents and the inevitable loss of manpower and additional cost.
I was contracted by a large NGO, based in Jordan, which operated at three main sites outside Amman. The fleet part of the operation was costing so much that donors were asking questions and demanding cuts.
I approached the problem from a number of directions, including:
- Rental costs and alternatives
- Use of vehicles – number of staff in each vehicle and combining journeys
- Alternatives to current fleet, the use of buses
- Tracking devices, to reduce the number of speeding incidents and monitor driver performance
- Driver training to introduce the defensive driving skill, which reduces fuel costs by up to 20%
- Medical training for drivers and passengers, the introduction of medical kits in vehicles and SOPs for use in the event of a road traffic collision
- Corruption mapping, primarily in the area of contracting and fuel use
Fully implemented, these measures achieved three main objectives, a reduction in fleet costs of 37% and incidences of speeding to zero. The final objective was the reduction in the number of road traffic collisions, to the point where there are now no injuries as a result of accidents, the majority of which are caused by other road users.
This was a successful contract that had lasting results and while it took some time to achieve, the benefits for staff and the savings going forward far outweighed the cost of the contract.
Training fleet staff and drivers can have a huge impact on an organisations finances and on the safety of all staff. It does much more though; it can make the fleet team feel that they are a vital and valued member of the wider team. It instills a sense of pride and teaches them skills that will be useful in their work and their private lives.
For further details please contact us: MARC Solutions Worldwide LTD.
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