In accordance with Vision Zero, New York City and Together for Safer Roads created a new safety training program for small and mid-sized fleets. The FOCUS Program supports businesses by providing training on personnel management and how to work with data and technology indispensable skills in the modern workforce.
The goal of the FOCUS program is to help small to mid-sized fleets build safety cultures. The program is open to any business with 2-100 vehicles, some of which must be class 2 or larger straight trucks, delivery vans, Sprinter vans, box trucks, utility trucks, flatbeds (not tractor-trailers). Together for Safer Roads will choose ten fleets to participate in the year-long program and provide free consulting, coaching, and technology in these areas:
- Leadership – Management level employees will attend workshops on building safety cultures and personnel management
- Training & Development – Training is provided for management and drivers on defensive driving and other safety best practices
- Technology – Learn how to use technology and data to measure progress and provide objective feedback (the required technology will be provided for free during the year-long program)
There is no monetary investment in FOCUS. They require a few hours over the next few months to get the program off the ground. The remainder of the year will be spent building out the new safety culture, measuring the results, and strengthening the program as the information dictates.
For more information, please download the FOCUS flyer here.
The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) is also building out a comprehensive training guide for safe driving in urban areas, specifically New York City driving known as “Street Smart”. To listen to our conversation with TANY president Kendra Hems, where she discusses the “Street Smart” program, among other issues, click here.