From our establishment, our Members have demanded that FTA Ireland develop and implement an industry wide standard that facilitates a path to continuous operational compliance but also provides recognition for commercial fleet operators in the ‘Own Account and ‘Haulage’ sector that meet their minimum legal operational obligations and from that endeavour to achieve sustainable operations through efficient fuel management and continuous professional development.
TRUCK SAFE OVERVIEW
FTA Ireland TruckSafe™ audits operational compliance in the areas of road safety, haulage operations, roadworthiness, working time and environmental efficiencies. TruckSafe™ is available at 3 levels ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Gold’. At Silver and Gold levels the standard focuses on how commercial fleet operators are managing their fuel purchasing and consumption. Members undertake an annual audit of their compliance in these areas. This process demonstrates members commitment to compliance and safety standards and also affords recognition for the company and team for the work being done to attain the highest possible compliance standards.
The company has systems in place to meet the standards in fatigue, roadworthiness, driver competence, road traffic rules, safe and legal loads, dangerous goods, road haulage operator licensing, professional competence, sustainable operations, contractor and agency management
All what’s in the Bronze accreditation Plus monitoring of sustainable operations, vehicle and driver encounters
All what’s in Bronze & Silver accreditations plus KPI and quality monitoring with continuous improvement for fatigue, driver competence load safety and sustainable operations
At Green standard level, dedicated environmental policies that deliver carbon savings through implementation practices must be in place. The audit will verify these policies and practices.
FTA Irelands concentration on encouraging the highest operational compliance and professionalism within our membership through our TruckSafe & VanSafe auditing standards helps our members focus on the long-term sustainability of their business. In attaining sustainability businesses must have the basics right, ability to price services right, manage overheads and operational compliance and to meet legal their obligations.
“For BOC and our parent company, The Linde Group, road transport safety is paramount: safety at BOC means 100% of behaviour; 100% of the time. Achieving the TruckSafe Gold Standard is well deserved recognition of the ongoing efforts the entire team here at BOC in Ireland has invested in safety over a number of years. Striving for TruckSafe Bronze, Silver and Gold standards is a journey well worth travelling. For me the Gold Standard can be categorised in three areas; safety, compliance and efficiency and combined they add up to a sustainable operation.”
Niall Cotton, Head Of Operations, UK & Ireland BOC Gases
“As a manufacturing SME operating our own transport, our membership with the FTA Ireland is highly valued. We have aligned our transport operations to the FTA TruckSafe standard since 2019. Under the leadership of our Transport Manager, Denise Ryan, we have built our transport operation into a core competency for Polar Ice, providing the best experience for our transport team and enabling us build on competitive advantage through increased added value for our Customers.
It is our ambition to make Polar Ice a sustainable, carbon neutral, supplier of dry ice products in Ireland. Operating our Transport section to the TruckSafe Green Standard is an important step along this journey and we were thrilled to achieve the Green Gold TruckSafe Standard this year”
Alison Ritchie, Managing Director, Polar Ice Ltd.