Brake, the road safety charity, is encouraging fleets to sign up to its latest free webinar, which focuses on how organisations can tackle the risks presented by grey fleet vehicles and drivers.

Managing the grey fleet, kindly sponsored by SurePlan, is the next in a series of webinars run through Brake’s Global Fleet Champions scheme, which shares best practice information and resources for addressing road risk.

Attendance at the webinar is free, and it is open to health & safety staff, fleet managers, senior management, and anyone else with responsibility for at-work drivers at their organisation.

Wednesday 22 July, 2pm – 3pm NZST (12pm – 1pm AEST)

The ‘grey fleet’ makes up a significant proportion of vehicles used by fleets, yet its management is often overlooked by employers and employees. Grey fleet vehicles present particular risk management challenges, from reduced access to the latest safety technologies to their impact on the environment. Fleet organisations should take a proactive approach to managing work-related road risk associated with grey fleet vehicles.

This webinar will discuss:

  • the unique challenges and benefits of using a grey fleet
  • the risks involved with running a grey fleet and measures you can implement to minimise them
  • the essential elements of an effective grey fleet policy.

To register, book online, or email info@brake.org.nz. Find out more about the event at: https://globalfleetchampions.org/events/managing-the-grey-fleet/.

Caroline Perry, Brake’s NZ director, said: “The grey fleet is an area often overlooked by organisations, from knowing how many staff drive their private vehicles on work purposes, to checking whether those vehicles meet legal requirements, to awareness of incidents involving these vehicles and drivers. Driving for work, including grey fleet, is a significant health & safety risk for organisations, so it’s essential that you have relevant policies and procedures in place to address risk. This webinar will share some key information on why addressing the risks presented by the grey fleet is important, and measures you can implement to mitigate these.”

Gordon Brown, CEO, SurePlan adds: “It’s acknowledged that vehicles are a significant cause of work-related harm in New Zealand. Organisations with a mobile workforce must follow rules and regulations to ensure driver safety. While it’s a huge responsibility, a well-developed fleet risk management program helps to address issues. Now ask, does the program extend to the organisation’s grey fleet as required under HSWA regulations? With New Zealand’s grey fleet estimated at five times the size of supplied company vehicles, the risk to any organisation is multiplied many times if it isn’t.”