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The Client

Australian Trucking Association they approached David at a time when heavy vehicle accidents were at an all-time high.

The Issue

After a series of high profile and tragic heavy vehicle collisions along the East Coast Of Australia which saw the loss of many lives – a subsequent investigation found the trucking industry had no set of safety standards when it came to vehicle maintenance – driver health – driver training – and some form of quality management system. The challenge was made for the industry to come up with some form of Professional Safety System itself or be Regulated by Government

The Plan & Methodology

Using a co-design methodology to research existing good practices, design a safety framework and program, test and validate the practicality, impact and implementation of the system, refine and create a third party and self-audit process, and finally promote the benefits and roll out to the rest of the industry . The safety system needed to address

  • Driver Health & Well-being
  • Fatigue Management
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Driver Training
  • Safety Management System

Over the Course of Five Years, a peak working group was formed to oversee the design, development and project management of a process that included:

  • Researching & Bench Marking Good Practice amongst 29 Transport Operators
  • Designing & Developing the first universally applied Driver Health Program
  • Establishing a World First Fatigue Management Process that engaged all aspects of the supply chain – not just the driver
  • Recruiting 200 Transport Operators to trial – test and validate the Safety Program
  • Measuring the before and after Impact and Lived Experiences of the trial Safety Program with the 200 Operators 
  • Onboarding a series of sponsors and supporters to help support and fund the program from a range of Government, Regulatory Agencies, Industry Associations, Research Institutions and Sponsors
  • Packaging and Launching Trucksafe onto the Market

The Outcomes

  • Trucksafe is now a staple feature of the heavy vehicle transport industry supported by Insurers, Regulatory Agencies, Industry Associations and Operators
  • Trucksafe Operators are benchmarked as being safer than non Trucksafe Operators
  • A clear drop in vehicle accidents and loss of lives
  • An auditable process that allows operators to show they have a Safety Management System in place
  • The largest men’s preventative health system in Australia
  • A Fatigue Management System that includes the entire supply chain – not just drivers – that places driver well being at the centre of any operational systems and processes

He was confronted by an industry out of control.  Today, co-operation has replaced confrontation, and David Stewart was a key influencer in this process by intimately working with Australia’s giant road transport industry to help facilitate a collective approach to bringing about a safer trucking industry that has saved lives, and deliver major changes in its ‘culture’

Andrew Higginson

Article about the challenge

  • "I have nothing but praise for David's role as Chair of our Group. His leadership, expertise, infectious enthusiasm and structured approach was greatly appreciated and certainly enhanced the productivity of our business"

    - Tony Waters
  • “The Colorpak team have used David Stewart and his team at RYP International on several occasions to facilitate team building. We have been delighted with the insights, approach and results that David has delivered every time through his well thought through and considered game plan"

    - Alex Commins – Colorpak