The Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) together with the United Kingdom's Cranfield University and IRU Academy has begun offering an online road safety course for fleet managers.

The fully accredited "Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers" is designed to give managers and businesses the skills needed to deliver and sustain a robust road safety management strategy.

There are 1.25 million deaths each year globally related to road traffic collisions. With one in three road crashes taking place when people are driving for work purposes, reducing the risk of commercial vehicles and public transport globally could play a very significant role in cutting road fatalities and achieving the targets of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, according to the company.

"We are excited about the first universal digital training course in the field of managing fleet safety and are confident that this course will offer managers with key knowledge necessary to instill a culture of road safety awareness in their organisations," said Patrick Philipp, head of IRU Academy.

Through a series of 10 video lectures, quizzes and reading materials, the online course uses real-life examples and case studies to give those who manage road safety at work the competencies and skills they need to safely manage a fleet of vehicles. Users who complete the course earn an accredited certificate of completion.

"We at EASST believe that road safety training and education are extremely important," said Dmitry Sambuk, managing director of EASST Academy. "This new online course produced together with Cranfield University and IRU Academy will have the advantage of being low cost and yet enable fleet and transport managers across the world to acquire competencies in the basic skills of managing a fleet of vehicles more safely and efficiently."

View more info about the course here.