Whether you manage a fleet of 3 vehicles or 500, safety must be your top priority.
As a fleet operator, you have a legal and ethical duty to ensure your drivers and vehicles pose no undue risk to others sharing the road. This responsibility does not fall on you alone - it requires cooperation across your whole organisation.
Loading vehicles properly is one key area where vigilance is required. Improper loading can lead to spilled or unstable loads, causing injuries, damage, delays and legal liability. Follow these best practices for safe loading:
Distribute weight evenly and load to bulkheads within vehicles and trailers. An unbalanced load is dangerous.
Secure the load properly to the vehicle or trailer. Use straps, blocks, and other restraints even for short trips. An unsecured load will shift.
Never overload. Comply with weight limits for your vehicles. Overloading causes braking and handling problems.
Allow adequate time for safe loading/unloading. Rushed loading increases risks.
Training workers on loading procedures and conducting spot checks helps enforce safe processes. Also be sure drivers conduct pre-trip inspections, reporting any vehicle problems that could compromise safety.
While on the road, driver fitness is essential. Enforce policies on rest breaks, distraction avoidance and impairment. Technologies like telematics and dash cams can augment your oversight.
By making fleet safety a shared, organisation-wide priority backed by training and technology, you reduce risks for your personnel, other motorists, pedestrians and your business itself. Because on the road, we're in it together.