Age of Fleet

The age of the fleet (and privately-owned vehicles used by employees for work-related journeys), as well as the replacement policy / period, influence the likelihood that the vehicle will suffer a malfunction as it gets older. This increases the risk of a collision occurring.

Older vehicles will not include many of the enhanced safety devices now available as standard. With constant technological improvements, even vehicles a few years old may not have the latest safety features.

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Many vehicles on the fleet are over five-years old. Three-year or 90,000 kms/miles replacement cycles are considered ‘frequent’.
There are no policies in place to manage vehicle age and replacement. Private vehicles used on company business are subject to the same age and replacement policies.
There is a policy, but it allows vehicles aged over four years. No vehicle over three years old is in use.
Privately-owned vehicles used for business purposes are not subject to the same (or any) policies. The policy has been clearly communicated to all employees.

  • Implement a clear policy on the maximum age and mileage of all vehicles, including those privately-owned ones used for business purposes.
  • Ensure that the policy is clearly communicated and understood by all employees.
  • Move towards shorter replacement times / lower mileages, aiming for the best practice of replacing vehicles before they reach 3 years old or 90,000 kms/miles.
  • Ensure that all privately-owned vehicles used for work-related journeys are subject to the same policies and procedures to ensure consistency.