TSR launches Fleet Trucking Global Safety Standards Initiative
As the leading NGO focused on building cross-sector partnerships to improve fleet trucking safety, TSR leverages private-sector technology, data, and expertise to create innovative programs aimed at preventing traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities around the globe. Our members represent some of the largest and most important fleets in the world, as well as pre-eminent road safety technology companies. We work with governments, businesses, and community stakeholders on local projects, fleet safety management, and technology initiatives with the goal to eventually reach Vision Zero – the total elimination of traffic fatalities and severe injuries.
In line with this ambitious goal, the mission to reduce road traffic deaths by 50% by 2030 (set in the UN Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2021-2030) and the commitment to ensure vehicle safety, TSR is launching the Fleet Trucking Global Safety Standards Initiative. This exciting new initiative aims to establish industry standards for fundamental safety instruments and will result in a comprehensive suite of recommended standards for a broad cross-section of critical safety instruments and technologies, including telematics, automatic braking, airbags, side curtain airbags, side view mirrors and seatbelts.
Fleet safety experts report that despite the ubiquity of these safety instruments, fleet operators lack a unifying standard to inform the purchase of the “right” vehicle safety instrument for both new vehicles and the retrofitting of existing ones. Those standards that do exist are either often inaccessible, or not useful to guide purchasing and operations decisions. This lack of consistent, industry-informed guidelines presents TSR with a transformative opportunity to promote change at scale and support fleets of all sizes in their evaluation and purchasing of foundational safety tools and technology, directly contributing to safer roads for all.
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This work will also translate to more equitable deployment of safer trucks in the secondary, resale markets, with a particularly positive impact for smaller business owners with less resources. Collectively, these actors will have the chance to purchase trucks with safety instruments that will already meet the standards of the largest global fleet operators.
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