One of the worst things that can happen to any fleet manager must be to hear that one of his or her vehicles has been involved in a serious accident, and that a colleague has been killed or seriously injured as a result. Forget blame and costs: it is suffering and loss that must be considered.
Although the road network in the UK is among the very safest in the world, fatal accidents still account for too many deaths each year - and inevitably some of these cases involve fleet vehicles in the course of their normal everyday activities. Employee deaths as a result of using the roads on employers' business outnumbers all other causes of at-work death.
This section of the Volkswagen Guide to good Fleet Management looks at how to set up the fleet system to minimise the possibility of one of your vehicles - your colleagues - becoming part of these chilling statistics.