Council fleet takes top gong for safety

Peter Armour Unit Manager Plant and Fleet, Peter Armour accepts the award flanked by Enterprise Applications Business Development Manager Teletrac Navman Central, Damian Lee and Managing Director Innovation Group, Drew Schnehage

Central Coast Council has been awarded the 2022 Fleet Safety Award at the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA) Annual Networking Dinner and Fleet Awards Ceremony.

The award was received on behalf of Council by Unit Manager, Plant and Fleet, Peter Armour at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said the award was clear recognition the systems and processes implemented for drivers were not only innovative for local government, but of a high standard.

“They are aimed at reducing risk and support a safer and more accountable system of work and driving culture,” Hart said.

“This award is something we are all extremely proud of. Central Coast Council’s dedication to establishing a safer and more efficient fleet meant implementing a wide range of initiatives including incorporating GPS, including driver identification, pre-start checks and defect reporting.”

Armour said the incorporation of GPS into the fleet was an important part of Council’s fleet safety strategy.

“It enabled us to begin managing the fleet in a more proactive manner, with the ability to produce safety reports in a timely manner,” he said.

“We have conducted GPS driver and system user training for over 800 staff members, and we continue to implement driver compliance and vehicle utilisation reviews, which are then reported to stakeholders.

“Council has also implemented systems to deliver significant changes in the safety of our fleet – including new work order management systems and defect triaging processes, key access systems, centralised pool car management, and electronic vehicle booking.”

Media release, May 6
Central Coast Council