Automakers call for ‘rapid adoption’ of European safety legislation

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is calling for governments and policymakers to take heed of incoming changes to European vehicle safety regulations.

An update to the European Union’s General Safety Regulation will be voted on in Brussels on Thursday (February 21st).

New technologies need policy support

Changes to existing safety regulations are set to include a provision that all new vehicles incorporate some form of autonomous emergency braking system. Moreover, the introduction of new ways to monitor driver drowsiness and attention to the road are also to be included.

As a result, the ACEA believes policymakers across Europe must bring to bear their own powers to support these new innovations moving forward. Doing so, the body argues, will help to save countless lives in the coming years.

ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert stated: “While we believe in the huge potential of vehicle safety technology, by itself it will never suffice.

“We are therefore calling on policymakers to adopt a truly integrated approach to road safety; combining new vehicle technology with better road infrastructure and safer driver behaviour.”

Mr Jonnaert added that a focus on technologies in vehicle safety which have the potential to provide the greatest impact on fatality statistics is essential. For this reason, the design of cars, roads and all supporting infrastructure should come under scrutiny for areas of possible improvement.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Vehicle safety should always be a top priority for manufacturers, motorists and governments alike. Supporting the use of new technologies in this area should therefore be a simple sell to policymakers.”

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Fortuna Haulage ltd was established in 2013 by Mengsteab Fortuna, the company is a contract haulier for Tarmac delivering pre-mix cement, in the London area.  Since joining FORS Director Mengsteab Fortuna has continually implemented new procedures to improve the business for the future.

We were introduced to FORS when tendering for work across London. When we looked at the requirements and benefits of joining the scheme we saw that they fitted in perfectly with our company of improving safety whilst complementing our drive to improve fuel efficiency and reduce our environmental impact.

I was able to achieve our first FORS bronze accreditation with ease, thanks to the guidance provided by FORS. After achieving our bronze accreditation, we were encouraged to aim for a FORS silver accreditation, after seeing the noticeable improvements within the company after implementing the processes required for a bronze accreditation.

After becoming Bronze and seeing the benefits FORS made available to me, especially the e-learning and fuel management, the company decided to move forward and apply for Silver. The company was awarded the Silver accreditation after this the Gold accreditation was the next achievement.

‘FORS e-learning will continue to be a practical way of improving our knowledge and learning from others for all at Asmara Haulage Ltd.’ – (Director) Mengsteab Fortuna

The e-learning modules are a constant form of training along with the toolbox talks on the FORS website improving knowledge of myself and the company drivers.

‘Since implementing FORS into our company we feel it is invaluable to us moving forward as a business.’ – (Director) Mensteab Fortuna

The main reason for progression was that I wanted to demonstrate to Tarmac and their customers that the company was capable of meeting the challenges ahead. It is important that we continue to improve the operations of the business and by doing this we are in a better position to benefit from more contracts and continued expansion in the future.

L/100km Incidents per 100,000 Kms Number of PCNs
Jun18-Aug18 107.00 0 0
Sep18-Nov18 111.00 0 0
Percentage improvement 3.6% 0 0

All our drivers complete a Medical Declaration on an annual basis, employees always inform the company immediately of any medical issues.

If we recruit it is usually by word of mouth and recommendations, as a sub contract haulier with Tarmac, all new drivers must complete the buddy scheme, where they are placed with an experienced driver to make sure they are actively trained in all aspects of works for ready mix concrete deliveries, before taking a vehicle out on their own.

We try to reduce any noise pollution our vehicles may make, we always make sure vehicles are switched off if standing in traffic, try to keep all noise to a minimum when loading and unloading.

We have looked into alternative transport modes and the possibility of an alternative vehicle to include Hybrid and hydrogen powered vehicles, when vehicles are bought to the market that enables us to use them for our workload, we will definitely look into the possibility

FORS has enabled the company to run more efficiently and aid drivers to improve their skills. Going forward for the future Fortuna haulage ltd would use the advances in technology with truck and aids to help drivers in their daily tasks.

Becoming FORS Gold accredited will enable the business to achieve and maintain high standards for drivers and vehicles. FORS standard has enabled the business to work more efficiently and improved the driver’s skills in their day-to-day tasks.

At the present time we are not using Social Media as our work is directly franchised to with Tarmac, so we do not have the need to advertise our company for work, but feel in the future it is something we will look to using to show our achievements as a company.

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