Parking related losses (such as low speed manoeuvring, reversing and malicious damage) on and off workplace premises typically account for a large proportion of motor fleet losses. The contributing causes range from no safe guidance, unclear procedures, poorly designed parking facilities and driver negligence. Fleet operators should be aware that there are tools available to control these seemingly 'unavoidable' losses.

Negative Positive
No parking facilities provided. Vehicles may be parked on street. Detailed procedures exist which provide guidelines on vehicle parking practices. These will also extend to include off-site and/or parking at home.
Insufficient parking facilities and no attention to safety or security. Fully secured parking area provided with assigned parking spaces for each driver.
Congested facility provided, liable to increase exposure to collision. Parking surface may also be in poor state of repair. Designated traffic flow direction in parking areas (and throughout premises).
Frequency of loss activity in parking lots when parking, manoeuvring, or exiting. No previous loss history resulting from poor, or congested, parking.

  • Ensure that adequate parking areas are provided for vehicles, extending to include assigned parking spaces and designated traffic flow throughout these areas.
  • Develop parking guidelines e.g. minimize reversing, but encourage reverse parking instead of reversing when exiting car parking spaces. Reverse parking encourages driver to take more care, and be aware of their surroundings. Reversing out of exits usually creates unnecessary blind spots.
  • Provide education to drivers/staff, and issue written policy.
  • Provide guidelines to drivers regarding parking off site and require drivers to park in secured areas when vehicles are taken home. Document Company policy.
  • Provide parking instruction and training to all drivers and staff on a regular periodic basis.