NAFA & NETS Partner to Improve Driver Safety & Minimize Crash Risk
PRINCETON, N.J. – The National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA) and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) have partnered to offer guidance to employers in the development of workplace traffic safety programs to improve driver safety performance and minimize the risk of motor vehicle crashes and their ensuing human and financial costs. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, NETS gives NAFA permission to use the NETS 10 Steps – An Employer Guide to Traffic Safety, a PowerPoint presentation adapted from the Traffic Safety Primer: A Guidebook for Employers for presentations to NAFA’s local chapters. In addition, NAFA will also use selected content from the NETS Primer to develop the fleet safety component of NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) program. NAFA will market the Primer and the 10-Step Employer Implementation Guide, currently under development, to its membership. These resources will be available on the NETS online store and the NAFA online bookstore. NAFA will also promote the NETS annual “Drive Safely Work Week” campaign (Oct. 1-5, 2007) that promotes safe driving practices to all employees. The campaign materials will be available online in June. The two groups will collaborate later this year to develop an executive-level traffic safety seminar specifically for NAFA members. The NETS 10-Step System was developed to improve driver safety, minimize crash risk, and reduce liability for businesses of all sizes and industry-types. “Implementation of these 10-Steps ensures that an organization has senior management commitment, involves employees at all levels of the organization, has written policies and procedures in place to steer the process, hires only those with safe driving records, provides training and supervision for all employees who drive at any time for business purposes, and selects, maintains and inspects company vehicles,” explained Kathy Lusby-Treber, NETS Executive Director. Matthew Betz, vice president of National Account Sales, AmeriFleet Transportation, a member of the NETS Board of Directors and co-chair of NAFA’s Education Development Committee, will present the 10-Step System at designated NAFA chapter meetings. NETS will continue presenting the one-day Employer “Best Practices” for Driver Safety workshops to respond to the most frequently asked questions on the 10-Step System implementation. NETS will also conduct a series of “High-Risk Driver” workshops regionally this fall.