Safety and compliance are key to the success of any HGV fleet management system. And from today (28 March 2018) Ireland’s operators of HGV fleets can achieve an independent verification standard which demonstrates their legal standards of operation.
The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) has launched an annual audit programme – TruckSafe – which is designed to provide independent verification that HGV fleet operators are meeting, and exceeding, minimum legal requirements. Attainable in three levels – bronze, silver and gold – the TruckSafe standards will be assessed annually, and are marked on a rising scale of complexity designed to reassure operators and buyers of freight alike.
“In an industry where, far too often, the focus is on poor practice or non-compliant activities, it is vital for the image of the logistics sector that new standards concentrate on quality and compliance,” says Aidan Flynn, General Manager of FTA Ireland. “With Brexit approaching, the need for the very highest standards of operation has never been more vital to keep Irish business as competitive as possible. The new Trucksafe awards provide a reassurance of quality and compliance for new and existing customers, while allowing fleet managers to adopt levels of operation which accommodate increased operational standards over time, to comply with new legislation, develop and grow their businesses seamlessly.
“After Brexit, the Irish freight industry will be under more pressure than before to achieve more with less, to keep the country’s goods and services competitive in the UK and European markets. The clearly defined levels will enable continuous professional development for Irish businesses, and ensure that the services which the logistics sector provides for its customers can be clearly assessed and benchmarked, with a reassurance of quality for all.”
At Wednesday’s event, held at the Johnston House Hotel and Spa in Enfield, CEO of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdoch presented the first certifications to FTAI members who have already achieved the necessary standards in operation. BOC Gases Ireland and NVD are the first recipients of a Gold TruckSafe Standard, while Silver recognition was provided to FloGas, Fingal County Council, Clare Distribution Services, Dungarvan Transport and EMO Oil.
Niall Cotton, Head of Operations at BOC Gases, “I am proud to be part of this Gold TruckSafe achievement as it demonstrates BOC’s commitment to continuous improvement in safety in our Transport and Distribution activities. This recognition by FTA Ireland was achieved only through the relentless efforts of the entire BOC Operations team. This standard underpins BOC’s customer focus by providing an extensive and diverse range of premium products and services safely to meet and exceed changing market expectations.”
To find out more about the TruckSafe programme, and learn how to register for an assessment, please contact FTA Ireland on 01 844 7516 or visit www.ftai.ie.