Fleet Safety is the result of collaboration between four New Zealand government departments and is part of the government’s Safer Journeys strategy.
Operators of commercial vehicle fleets have a number of legal, safety and operational responsibilities that refer to both the vehicle and the employee who drives them. These include ensuring the vehicle is registered, warranted and fit for the road, and that the driver is licensed, fit for duty and follows traffic laws and any local bylaws.
New Zealand Police seeks to be a world-class police service working in partnership with citizens and the community to prevent crime and road trauma, to enhance public safety and to maintain law and order.
Road death and injury involving vehicles driven for work purposes create a major financial and social burden for New Zealand society, and, of course, for New Zealand businesses. The bottom line is that all road crashes are preventable, so the costs those deaths and injuries generate are preventable too.
New Zealand's health and safety regulatory environment is performance-based. This means that employers and other duty-holders must take all practicable steps to protect people from harm in places of work. Their responsibility includes the health and safety of people who drive motor vehicles to do their job.