Where the rubber hits the road
Employers are being urged to sign up to the National Road Safety Partnership Program and share their road safety tips to cut the road toll.
The program was launched this week, with the hosting of it transferred from the National Transport Commission (NTC) to the ARRB Group.
The NTC began engaging with the business community about the program in 2011. Holden, Origin Energy, Telstra, Suncorp/Vero and Uniting Care Queensland are some of the founding members of the program’s steering committee – which was set up in 2012.
The program offers a library of best practice road safety programs that employers can access and implement in their workplaces.
“Experts predict that road crashes will kill or injure 170,000 Australians over the next five years and work-related road crashes account for almost half of all Australian workplace deaths,” NTC CEO Paul Retter said in a media statement.
Retter noted that because “almost half the new vehicles sold in Australia were purchased by fleets this program had the potential to cut road tolls across Australia and reduce road congestion at the same time”.
“This program will help businesses keep their employees and fleets safe, productive and sustainable, especially by reducing the costs of injuries and compensation,” said steering committee member, Mark Stephens from UnitingCare Queensland, in a media statement.
For more detail, visit the program.
Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.