Driving for work

Commercial vehicles are estimated to account for 14 percent of all motor vehicles in use globally and in low and middle income countries upwards of 32 percent of vehicles in use. Furthermore in developed economies it is estimated that between about one third of all deaths involve a driver who is at work; in developing economies it is estimated that the figure is substantially higher.

Safe Fleets
Many commercial companies are working to make their fleets safer. The reasons for managing fleet safety are:

  • For many people, the most dangerous thing they do while at work is drive on the public highway.
  • Managing a fleet safety policy can save your organisation money.
  • Road traffic accidents and resultant consequences can have a serious impact on programme delivery.
  • Managing a fleet safety policy is a legal requirement in a number of jurisdictions around the world and organisations can be held accountable for any failures committed by its staff, or transport service providers.
  • The vehicle fleet is probably the most prominent symbol of the organisation and driver behaviour and vehicle use/misuse will affect how an organisation is perceived thus impacting reputation.

The UN Fleet Forum has also commenced a major fleet safety programme which will directly impact not only the humanitarian community and be replicable across commercial and government institutions around the world. A team of leaders in safety, vehicles, and fleets was pulled together from Volvo, Kjaer Group, Shell, the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, FIA Foundation, UN Road Safety Collaboration, World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, Global Road Safety Partnership, TNT, and Make Roads Safe.

gTKP is leading the work of FleetSafe - a network of private companies and international organisations with vehicle fleets, including agencies of the United Nations system, to develop and implement policies and practices that will reduce crash risks for vehicle occupants and other road users. This web site gives access to geed practice advice and case studies.

Corridor Project
The first comprehensive road safety study of a key transport corridor in South Africa paves the way for greater regional road safety partnership between business and roads managers along the diverse and increasingly busy 2,310-kilometer Maputo-Walvis Bay Corridor.  Spanning four countries - Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique - this roadway is seen by regional development agencies as an important tool for economic progress and trade in southern Africa'. Download Report.

Cement Industry Example - The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global collaboration of 23 of the world’s leading cement manufacturers, joining together for action on sustainability issues covering issues as diverse as safety, climate protection and biodiversity. As part of its Task Force Safety’s work analyzing data and trends from member companies’ accidents and fatalities from 2003-2009, and a fatality review of fatality prevention initiatives from other WBCSD member companies from other industries, the CEOs of the CSI launched a safety initiative focusing on Driving and Contractor Safety in October 2009. All CEOs endorsed the implementation of 2 sets of Guidelines across all their operations within 5 years. The Guidelines can be found on the CSI website:  by following the link to Driving and Contractor Safety on the right. The Guidelines are available in multiple languages.

Case Studies