Isuzu calls for smaller truck fleets to focus on safety

Isuzu Trucks boss says smaller fleets need to adopt better safety procedures…

Heavy vehicle safety issues are quite often focussed around what the large truck fleet operators are doing and Isuzu says smaller fleets can also learn from what the ‘big boys’ do.

Isuzu Australia Limited Director and COO, Phil Taylor, has delivered that message in the latest Isuzu Comment piece, an ongoing communications program that looks at transport industry issues from the perspective of the nation’s leading truck brand.

Mr Taylor says the road transport industry is over represented in road trauma statistics and says safety needs to be a higher priority for all.

And he says smaller fleets would do well to adopt the safety procedures employed by larger operators.

“By nature, smaller fleets are dealing with fewer resources, and unfortunately this can affect their ability to form and enforce strict safety policies and procedures,”

“One option available to them however, is to emulate the strategies used by larger companies.”

The first, and perhaps most important step, according to Mr Taylor, is to make safety the number one priority – more than productivity, efficiency or workload.

“Any shortcut that compromises the safety of staff is not worth it.” He said.

Mr Taylor also called on smaller fleets to implement regular maintenance programs.

“Checking everything, including brakes, transmissions, steering, wheel bearings and tyres – to ensure each vehicle is running at optimum condition.

“These elements must all be inspected before any trip, as well as checking lights and fluid levels, and confirming there are no oil, fuel or water leaks.

“The height and weight must also be double checked.” Mr Taylor said.

Heavy vehicles account for just 3% of the traffic on Australia’s roads, however they are involved in around 18% of fatal accidents.

About Chris Miller 546 Articles
Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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