Collision Avoidance & Survivability
Collision avoidance features are designed to reduce the likelihood of a vehicle collision, and injury to occupants.
Survivability features are designed to protect the vehicle occupants when a collision occurs.
When purchasing company vehicles, you need to consider both aspects to reduce vehicle damage and increase vehicle occupant safety.
|Company vehicles are purchased on purely economic grounds, with no consideration for safety.||All vehicles, including privately-owned ones used for work-related journeys, are 4-5* EuroNCAP (or regional equivalent).|
|The company does not stipulate basic features such as ABS brakes.||All vehicles are fitted with ABS, traction control and a high-level brake light as a minimum.|
|There are vehicles in use with poor (<3*) EuroNCAP (or similar) ratings.||The company has a detailed minimum specification policy of safety equipment required on all vehicles. This policy is reviewed periodically as and when technology progresses.|
|High safety equipment is not provided for employees, such as emergency and first aid items.|
- Implement a policy specifying the minimum safety features that vehicles must have before they can be used for work-related journeys. For those employees who choose a cash payment instead of a company vehicle, suitable guidance should be provided on safety features for the vehicle they choose to purchase and use for company use. At a minimum, this should include ABS, traction control and a high-level brake light.
- Ensure the policy is periodically reviewed to consider other technological advances in car and vehicle occupant safety.
- If there is a wide choice in the country of operation, ensure all vehicles achieve a minimum 4* EuroNCAP (or equivalent) rating.
- Provide additional safety equipment to all employees – e.g. fluorescent jackets, life hammer, tyre tread-depth and pressure gauges etc.