Implementation of a Fleet Safety Management System will require careful planning and programme management to ensure success. Whether the organisation only needs to enhance an existing management system or it is developing a completely new management system, planning and programme management is necessary.
In addition to guidance on planning and implementation, this section includes information on communication and engagement with everyone in the organisation, which is vital to successful implementation.
In developing its plans and programme, the organisation needs to decide if the Fleet Safety Management System is to be a global standard for the whole organisation, or whether it is delegating this to each of its entities (countries) to determine for themselves. A strong recommendation is to adopt a global standard implemented by each entity and tailored to local conditions where appropriate. A global approach is more efficient as it avoids duplication, builds on the experience and knowledge of the wider organisation and lessons can be more easily shared. Consistency in systems will also lead to a common language for fleet safety, and where people move between entities they will avoid having to learn new rules or adopt different procedures.