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.

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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.