Step 1: Plan

The main objective of an occupational road safety plan is to prevent work-related motor vehicle incidents and minimize the injuries, financial costs and other losses they cause. With that in mind, the first step is to understand where the organization is in terms of road safety, and determine where it needs to be. From there, one can establish targets, decide what success looks like and develop a plan to get there. There are five components in the plan stage.

  • Know The 10 Essentials

    This guide summarizes the 10 key characteristics of an effective road safety program. It gives you an overview of what your road safety plan needs to include.

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  • Get Management Commitment

    In order for the plan to succeed, the management team must establish road safety as a priority. Managers across the company must be committed to achieving results. They must foster a stronger safety culture by walking the talk, and modelling the behaviours and attitudes expected of employees.

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  • Check the Gauges

    Before deciding what actions to take, it's helpful to understand where the company is in terms of road safety. Checking the gauges - finding out how employees feel about safety issues - highlights the strengths of existing processes and points to areas that deserve improvement.

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  • Identify Hazards and Assess Risks

    Identifying the driving-related hazards employees encounter and evaluating the associated risks are fundamental parts of road safety planning. These steps enable you to set priorities for taking action.

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  • Establish Metrics and Set Targets

    Every good plan includes clearly defined goals and a method to measure progress toward them. In particular, you will want to know how well the controls you implement are minimizing exposure to driving-related hazards, reducing risks and preventing crashes.

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Understand where the organization is and where it should be, in terms of road safety. Set goals, establish priorities for action, assign responsibilities and decide how to measure performance.


Take action: develop and implement measures to address road safety priorities, and track results.


Gather results and analyze performance; use what you learn to improve road safety processes and practices.