Vacc calls for year-round as­sess­ment of ve­hi­cle safety

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VACC is re­mind­ing busi­ness own­ers that ve­hi­cle and fleet main­te­nance is an on-go­ing process. Dur­ing the re­cent Safe Work Aus­tralia Week, em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees were en­cour­aged to re­view their ap­proach to en­sur­ing safety within the work­place.

VACC, the peak au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try body in Vic­to­ria, is urg­ing em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees to con­tinue to re­view their ap­proach to safety in the work­place, in par­tic­u­lar re­gard to work re­lated ve­hi­cles.

Com­pany cars and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are work­places and, as such, are reg­u­lated by health and safety laws.

“Ve­hi­cle safety should be 24/7 – 52 weeks of the year. Ev­ery em­ployer and em­ployee has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor the safety of their ve­hi­cle or fleet,” VACC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor David Pur­chase said.

“A good source of in­for­ma­tion for man­agers and driv­ers is the Guide to Safe Work Re­lated Driv­ing.

“The Guide is an im­por­tant hand­book and has been en­dorsed by the gov­ern­ment, po­lice, WorkSafe and the Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion.

“The Guide to Safe Work Re­lated Driv­ing states ‘se­lec­tion of the safest pos­si­ble ve­hi­cle needs to be backed up by a pre­ven­ta­tive main­te­nance pro­gram to en­sure ve­hi­cle safety is max­imised. A main­te­nance sys­tem en­sures that the man­u­fac­turer’s ser­vice rec­om­men­da­tions are met and that the ve­hi­cle com­plies with road­wor­thi­ness re­quire­ments’.

“If a ve­hi­cle is ne­glected and has bald tyres, faulty brakes or bro­ken lights, that ve­hi­cle, re­gard­less of its ANCAP safety rat­ing, is at risk of be­ing in­volved in a road traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

“VACC calls on busi­ness own­ers to read and un­der­stand the Guide to Safe Work Re­lated Driv­ing. And, as an ad­di­tional mea­sure, they should ask their par­tic­i­pat­ing VACC re­pairer to con­duct a free five­point safety check when the ve­hi­cle is next in for ser­vic­ing.”

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