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1 Safety of Blacktown City Council Lease Back vehicle drivers

2 Austroads Guides Occupational Health and Safety Motor vehicle is a workplace = Improved safety features of fleet vehicles.

3 60% of claims are for car park related damages. Majority of claims made by small number of drivers.

4 Driver education road rules, licencing, enforcement, on-road risk management Driver training driving skills Personal counselling Cash penalties insurance excess and refusal of a claim due to traffic offence

5 No one knows all the road rules Yet we all think we are right No one is an expert driver Yet we all think we are good drivers Everyone makes mistakes Except me

6 Coroners Court of NSW Inquest into the death of Gordon Wilson 25/8/2009 Evidence given by Sgt Darren Ellis I have witnessed: a motorist come to a total stop in lane two (F3) for no other reason than the fact they see a Policeman on the side of the road. persons on seeing Police believing they are travelling too fast, harshly braking causing them to lose control of their vehicle, crash or veer dangerously across lanes. people although not detected or directed by Police attempt to evade Police by changing lanes without looking. motorists become [mesmerised] by the Police and make lane changes without checking other lanes prior to proceeding into them. people failing to look far enough ahead to read the traffic situation and collide with the rear of a slowing vehicle. People watching Police activities and not the road and collide with other vehicles. Coroner s conclusion It makes sense that police should treat oncoming vehicles as potentially driven by a person with poor driving ability...

7 47% know that entering an intersection on a Yellow light is illegal. 22% think it is OK for a 6 year old child to wear an adult belt if you don t have a child seat. 11% think it is OK to have the seat belt loose when it is hot. 11% think it is OK to put your seat belt on as you drive off from your house. 10% think they are not responsible for the back seat passengers wearing their seat belt. 32% know that it is recommended you should check at least 5 seconds ahead for hazards 6% know that keep left unless overtaking applies to roads signposted 90, 100 and 110 kph. 31% know you should be 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front. Road Rule Survey by Blacktown City Council; July - August Blacktown LGA residents, n= 223; Blacktown City Council staff, n = 51

8 70% of traffic offenders who lose their licence will not be caught re-offending. 80% of traffic offenders who lose their licence will not re-offend if they receive uncensored education after their first offence. 2-4% of drivers will always re-offend regardless of education, training or consequences Lack of mental or physical attributes Externalise blame, eg - you people are picking on me detection, arrest and punishment for drink driving are seen as bad luck Improving Australia s Response to Drink Driving, Kerry P Fitzgerald, 2005

9 Drivers are unsupervised. If left to themselves, the majority of people will find ways around the rules and regulations to benefit themselves. But: Majority of people will also respond positively to a reasonable request.

10 Insurance Fleet management Road safety Senior executives Individuals

11 What particular behaviour and why? Eg A NSW Road Rule, hazard assessment (judgement), How do you measure it? Do you just need compliance? mobile phone, speed, alcohol, seat belts, etc Do you really need commitment? mobile phone, speed, alcohol, seat belts, etc

12 Focus on lifestyle Keep your cash avoid repair bills, Police fines Keep your licence maintain employment, maintain transport for social, family, recreation, etc Money is the big motivator for both organisations and individuals

13 Positive versus Negative eg: no hand held mobile phone - no blue-tooth Individual instant contact v- risk of fine & demerits Work group more effective coordination v-?? Organisation instant contact v- higher risk of crash claims Often, group and the individual are encouraged and rewarded for doing the wrong thing to achieve their work goals.

14 Linked to licencing Traffic Offenders Program Attorney Generals Heavy vehicle and motorcycle licencing NSW Transport Regular licence checks Company policy Short education sessions on: How Police enforce the rules Effects of drugs and alcohol on driving decisions Low risk driving Why insurance companies reject claims Informal Regular reminders about Double Demerit periods Updates about road rules and traffic fines

15 Alcohol Daily breath alcohol test for operators Alcohol interlock in vehicles Speed GPS based speed zone alert Black box tracking sometimes linked to insurance company Other Mobile phones banned incl hands free Annual pass of RTA Driver Knowledge Test One-on-one driving assessment

16 Questions?

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