Fleet Forum was formed in 2003 to encourage, facilitate, and develop relationships between humanitarian aid and development organisations all over the world. It has grown to encompass commercial transport organizations that share concerns about road safety, green practices, and fleet efficiency. It is an interagency association of more than 40 members, including NGOs, international organisations, the UN, academic institutions, donors, and corporate partners. The organizations that are behind the successful growth of Fleet Forum include International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), TNT, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), UPS, and World Vision International (WVI).
The mission of Fleet Forum is to convene all of the various stakeholders that play a role in road safety and fleet efficiency in dialog and shared activities that will help save lives, by cost efficient, and will help save the planet. Through effective leadership in the development and implementation of standards-based solutions, Fleet Forum provides support to the aid and development and the commercial transport sectors in low- and middle-income countries, in the areas of road safety, cost efficiency, and environmental impact.
Fleet Forum: Focused on Leadership, Cross-sector Dialog, and Standards-based Solutions
Fleet Forum recognizes that the way in which economics, the environment, and transport-related deaths come together are at the very heart of effective transport operations. With this as a foundation, Fleet Forum has emerged as a dynamic forum and gathering place for organisations with the ideas, resources, and influence to discuss road safety practice and policy and to draw attention to the critical issues that road safety, transport, and fleet management issues present to our world.
By taking a convening role as a gathering place for all those who work within transport, we believe that we can increase economic efficiency while protecting people and the planet.
In our role as an effective resource for training and consulting on road safety and fleet management, Fleet Forum presents standards-based solutions that will decrease fatalities associated with the transport activities of the aid and development sectors and commercial transport operators, and will help engender efficient and effective fleet operations.
Fleet Forum: Real World Solutions
Each year, 1.3 million people are killed in road traffic accidents, and many more are seriously injured. Traffic-related fatalities are the greatest killer of youth aged 5 to 29 on the planet. Time spent on the road is the most dangerous part of a humanitarian worker’s job, and more humanitarian workers are injured or killed in vehicle-related incidents than by any other means. Safe and efficient transport is the backbone of all humanitarian aid, but the link between well-managed transport capacity and cost effective programme delivery is not always well understood.
Typical of the standards-based solutions and resources being cultivated by Fleet Forum, the Fleet Safety Guide is being used to train in cooperation with humanitarian organisations, corporate organisations, and donors. Fleet Forum developed the Fleet Safety Guide to provide a toolkit for use in the training of fleet managers and drivers. The Guide is a hands-on document that uses a step-by-step approach to implementing a road safety management system. Fleet Forum has found that training fleet managers is the most effective way to implement safety in an organisation. The training materials have been recognized by external organisations for their quality, and they are generating expanded support from funding organisations. The Guide is the foundational resource for training and equipping organisations for more efficient and effective fleet management, and the development of additional tools is underway.
Effective Fleet Management Means Green Efficiencies
There are many ways that a good fleet safety management system promotes cost efficiency. They include lower fleet operating costs, reduction in incident losses, reduced insurance costs, more effective vehicle use, and greater built-in compliance with legal requirements. Promoting a culture of safety within an organisation also improves staff morale, which in turn encourages the regular practice of cost-saving safety procedures.