A new publication provides guidelines on sourcing safe vehicles in a bid to “establish best practice for fleet operators in their vehicle selection” and to encourage fleet buyers to opt for cars with the top ‘five star’ safety rating.
The Global NCAP Fleet Buyer’s Guide advises fleet buyers to select vehicles that have been rated by New Car Assessment Programmes (NCAPs) with the five-star safety rating.
The guide also recommends that fleet managers purchase vehicles that at least meet the most important minimum United Nations vehicle safety standards.
Talking to Fleet News, David Ward, Global NCAP secretary general, said: “Global NCAP encourages all fleet managers to make five-star safety their goal in the UN Decade of Action.
“By following Global NCAP’s new guidelines it will be easier for organisations to ensure that the safety of their vehicle fleet provides acceptable levels of protection to their employees.”
Global NCAP’s guidelines will also help organisations to adopt the new road traffic safety standard ISO 39001, which identifies vehicle safety as a significant factor for fleet operators seeking to reduce death and injury in road crashes.
Max Mosley, chairman of Global NCAP, said: “If a company provides a car for their staff to use, it should be as safe as reasonably possible.
“A five-star or Top Pick safety rating is the best indication of this. It’s prudent also to check whether cars also meet the UN’s minimum safety regulations.
“With so many global brands neglecting to apply these regulations, fleet managers and company car drivers should not assume basic safety comes as standard.”