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Global warning: How multinational fleets can drive road safety

3 July 2018

Story from International Fleetworld

Companies running global fleets, or expecting staff to drive abroad on business, need to have driver training programmes in place to safeguard employees, be socially responsible and drive down costs.

Driving can be one of the most dangerous activities you will expect an employee to do on behalf of the business. Furthermore, driving abroad in an unfamiliar car on unknown roads and not being aware of local customs can raise risk levels alarmingly.

Many believe centralised programmes across multinational companies is the most effective way to deliver consistent driver training. The simple solution is for businesses operating globally, or expecting their staff to travel abroad for work, to have duty of care measures in place to safeguard the well-being of staff no matter where they are driving.

According to Chris Thornton, sales director of DriveTech, the fleet driver training specialist operating in 95 countries, companies operating globally need to have centralised policies in place to protect their staff.

“Large international companies should operate centralised driver training programmes with consolidated global reporting,” he says. “This approach means that each driver operates to the same company-wide standards wherever they are, maximising potential returns and employee safety.

“We have a standard global training methodology which is delivered locally by in-country trainers,” adds Thornton. “This gives the benefit of consistency and high-standards but is tailored to local laws, culture and languages.

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