Annual Fleet Safety Awards recognise safety conscious companies

Companies have been honoured for working hard to reduce road crashes involving at-work drivers during Brake's second annual Australasian Fleet Safety Awards.

The winners were announced at Brake's annual reception for supporters held yesterday (Thursday 29 September) in Auckland. The awards, sponsored by SurePlan, Suzuki, Telogis and Thrifty Car Rental recognise companies and individuals who have implemented successful initiatives, products or services to tackle fleet safety. The reception was attended by Brake supporters and awards finalists.

There were five categories of awards, including two individual awards. The Road Risk Manager Award went to Barry McColl, GM National Transport & Logistics at Fonterra, and the prestigious Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award went to Dr Robert Isler of e-Drive. More details below.

The 2016 Fleet Safety Award winners are:

  • Company Driver Safety Award, sponsored by SurePlan:
    Council of the City of Sydney
  • Safe Vehicles Award, sponsored by Telogis:
    AAA Concrete Pumping Services
  • Fleet Safety Product Award, sponsored by Thrifty Car Rental:
    Fleetcoach
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Suzuki:
    Barry McColl (Fonterra)
  • Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award:
    Dr Robert Isler (e-Drive)

Spotlight on: Outstanding Commitment Award winner
This year's award for outstanding commitment to road safety went to Dr Robert Isler, who has put his passion for making our roads safer into driver behaviour research and creating technological solutions. With more than 25 years' experience in road safety research, he has a strong national and international reputation. He pioneered work on a head-mounted 'eye-tracker', which showed that eye movements control to a large degree how drivers move their steering wheel. It also showed that effective eye-scanning behaviour and hazard perception skills can be trained in both laboratory and real driving situations. Using these findings, he developed a number of interactive multimedia training programs, which led to the development of e-Drive and Fleetcoach systems.

More information on the awards, including photographs can be obtained from Caroline Perry at Brake by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ Director, says: "We are delighted to have run our second Fleet Safety Awards, celebrating the great achievements of companies and individuals who are striving to make a real difference in the world of fleet safety. Congratulations to all the award winners and highly commended entrants for their impressive work over the past year, its further proof that there is a lot happening in the fleet safety field."

Gordon Brown, chief executive officer at SurePlan, says: "SurePlan is proud to sponsor the Company Driver Safety Award and would like to congratulate this year's winner. It's great to be able recognise those organisations that are taking positive steps towards reducing vehicle incidents through fleet safety initiatives, which help to create safer drivers and safer roads."

Steve West, AM Fleet Manager at Suzuki, says: "Suzuki is once again proud to support the Road Risk Manager Award and we congratulate Barry on his dedication to the role and commitment to road safety."

Jono Morgan, Business Development Manager New Zealand at Telogis, says: "As a company we are globally committed to safety and therefore delighted to support the Fleet Safety Awards again this year. Telogis is dedicated to enhancing the value of its customers' businesses through intelligent integration of location technology and road/driver safety is never neglected. We would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners and their achievements in this area."

Emma Gardiner, General Manager at Thrifty Car Rental, says: "We're proud to sponsor the Fleet Safety Product Award and congratulate this year's winners and highly commended entrants on their achievements."

More information on the awards can be found at www.fleetsafetyawards.com/nz. Details of how to enter the 2017 awards will be released at the end of 2016.

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