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.
|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.