Road Safety initiatives recognised at annual awards

Alongside regular fleet maintenance, ongoing driver education is one of the best ways for an Australian fleet manager to ensure their organisations' employees remain safe and avoid incidents on the road.

For that reason, anyone involved in managing a fleet of company vehicles may be interested in the results of the recent 2012 Australian Road Safety Awards, which were presented by Caltex on November 21.

The awards, which are an initiative of the Australian Road Safety Foundation, are intended as a way to recognise significant innovation and achievement in the field of road safety education.

This year's big winners included the Queensland Police Service, which won an award for state government initiatives, and Hanson Construction Queensland, which was awarded for innovation.

Energy Resources of Australia took home the award for corporate fleet safety, in recognition of its Light Vehicle Committee project.

Several finalists also received grants of $2,500 from Caltex in order to continue or expand their road safety project in the future.

"This evening we acknowledged eight winners from a field of 35 finalists representing a broad spectrum of community organisations, government, industry and individuals," said Australian Road Safety Foundation chief executive officer and founder Russell White.

"I would like to congratulate tonight’s Awards winners for their commitment to improving road safety and reducing road trauma."

It may be worthwhile taking inspiration from these awards in order to ensure your own driver education program is as engaging and worthwhile as possible.

Another good idea to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your drivers is to invest in fleet services which can provide ongoing roadside assistance and accident management.

By ensuring your drivers have 24/7 access to assistance should an accident occur, you can help provide them and their families with peace of mind and confidence over the busy holiday period.