Prioritising safety in your commercial vehicle fleet

April 30, 2019 2:17 pm |,,

When establishing or overhauling your commercial fleet, safety should be top of mind. Investing in the safest vehicles possible simplifies your duty of care and reduces the risk and potential severity of workplace incidents. 

In this article, we'll discuss why and how you should put safety first when selecting cars for your commercial fleet.

Safety costs less

On the surface, high-tech safety features may appear to be an additional cost your organisation could do without. However, when considering expenses, you need to think about the potential cost to your business in the case of an incident.

Vehicular incidents accounted for 6.4 per cent of workplace-related injuries in 2016-17, according to Safe Work Australia, with a median compensation value of $12,200. The good news is that these accidents have decreased in frequency by 28 per cent since 2000. As safety features develop, the risk and possible costs of incidents is decreasing. To spare your organisation the financial, operational and emotional hardship of unexpected incidents, populate your commercial fleet with high-performance, exceptionally safe vehicles.

All about the ANCAP safety rating

Your choice of company car can have a significant impact on the risk and extent of injury, employee recovery, time off work and workplace insurance premiums. The easiest way to identify a safe car is to look at the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety rating. Cars are awarded a score between one and five stars. In order to achieve the maximum rating, cars must achieve the highest standard in all tests and feature advanced safety assist technologies.

Talk to a team member at your nearest Macarthur Automotive dealership about the most suitable cars with five-star ANCAP safety ratings.

Five-star ANCAP commercial vehicles

We're proud to present a range of safe vehicles suitable for a variety of organisations.

If you're looking for a commercial van for transporting goods or equipment, consider the Ford Transit Custom. With a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the Ford Transit Custom has dual frontal, side and head airbags, safety assistance score of 71 per cent, and an adult occupant protection score of 84 per cent, according to ANCAP's full technical report.

For passenger vehicles, such as used by sales people, the new Kia Cerato 2019 is the perfect option. Available in hatch or sedan, the Kia Cerato S or Sport achieve a five-star ANCAP rating when equipped with the optional Safety Pack. This provides scores of 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 72 per cent pedestrian protection and 73 per cent safety assist.

For more information about the safest commercial vehicles for your fleet, get in touch with the team at your nearest Macarthur Automotive dealership today.