Is there a business case for eco-safe driving? How do organisations implement it? And what other methods are used to promote and measure workplace road safety and emissions for mobile workers?
Many organisations have three ways to manage the mobility of their workforce:
- Efficiency – to reduce costs
- Safety – to protect workers and the community, and
- Environment/sustainability — to lower emissions, and potentially achieve net zero.
However these are often managed in silos, when in fact they are linked and support each other, meaning many organisations are missing out on the combined benefits.
This Q&A explores the key question of: How do organisations implement eco-safe driving and what other measures do they take to achieve net zero emissions and other related benefits for their mobile workers?
- Eco-safe driving reduces cost for fleets, promotes safety, and is sustainable for the environment.
- The common method of promoting eco-safe driving is through education and creating awareness of its benefits to workers, fleets, and the environment.
- Technology like telematics, in vehicle monitoring systems and ecometers can be adopted to modify driver behaviour to engage in more eco-safe practices.
- Use of technology is limited and there is a need to maximise its usage for data collection and surveillance.
- Electric and hybrid vehicles compensate for up-front cost and limitations in monitoring driving behaviour by improving safety and contributing to achieving net zero.
- Effective eco-safe driving enhances service delivery, improves an organisation’s reputation and helps reduce operating costs.
- Different approaches to improving eco-safe driving are related and collective use leads to better outcomes.