Fleet maintenance key to pedestrian safety

Fleet management and maintenance are key to preventing pedestrian fatalities and injuries on Australian roads, according to new research from the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA).

Between 2003 and 2011, NRMA said 340 incidents have been avoided because of improvements in vehicle design.

Jack Hale, a vehicle safety expert with NRMA Motoring & Services said it was the result of technological advances in emergency braking and automatic braking.

"A further reduction of six per cent of serious pedestrian impacts could be achieved over the next decade due to these systems," Mr Haley said.

"The system can sense pedestrians and other objects in the vicinity of a vehicle's bonnet and apply the brakes automatically – potentially preventing or reducing impact and injury," he said.

NSW Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast said that if this trend continued, more lives would be saved.

"The value of saving one life cannot be overstated, so preventing hundreds of pedestrian serious injuries and fatalities through the advancement of vehicle design and technology is a credit to the car industry."

Fleet managers are urged to install greater safety technology in fleets or buy newer cars with the technology already fitted, which can help ensure the safety of their drivers, but also the general public on the roads.

Once the fleet has been decked out in the new technology it is also important for fleet maintenance to be up-to-date. Fleet management software can track and manage the maintenance that each vehicle needs. This can pick up small issues with the fleet and can assist clients in how best to deal with the problem.

Drivers will also receive emails which remind them that all warranty conditions are being maintained.

With safety technology increasing all the time, it's important the fleet managers have the best in place and accurately keep track on it all using fleet software.