Safety-first approach wins fleet safety awards


Several companies have been honoured for working hard to reduce road crashes involving at-work drivers during Brake’s third annual Australasian Fleet Safety Awards.

Sponsored by NZ Transport Agency, SurePlan and Suzuki, the awards recognise companies and individuals who have implemented successful initiatives, products or services to tackle fleet safety.

The Road Risk Manager Award went to Matt Horan, General Manager at Pacific Fuel Haul, and the prestigious Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award was awarded posthumously to Dr Will Murray.

The 2017 Fleet Safety Award winners are:

  • Company Driver Safety Award, sponsored by SurePlan:
    DHL and MiX Telematics
  • Safe Vehicles Award, sponsored by NZ Transport Agency:
  • Fleet Safety Product Award: AA Motoring School, Fleet and Business
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Suzuki:
    Matt Horan (Pacific Fuel Haul)
  • Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award:
    Dr Will Murray

Outstanding commitment

This year’s award for outstanding commitment to road safety went posthumously to Dr Will Murray, who died suddenly in 2016.

He was an academic and researcher working in the fleet safety arena for many years, and a passionate advocate for road safety.

Murray worked with a number of organisations in New Zealand, Australia and around the world.

He was also instrumental in helping to establish road safety charity Brake in the UK in 1995, and  continued to be a huge asset to the charity through his voluntary work as a trustee, speaker and fundraiser.

For over 20 years Murray worked as Research Director for Interactive Driving Systems and later E-Driving Fleet.

His passion for the occupational road risk industry and saving lives was evident in the work he did with clients and the results they saw in reducing their incidents.

Murray spoke at numerous conferences and events, sharing his research and academic expertise with other academics and practitioners alike.

“We are delighted to have run our third Fleet Safety Awards, celebrating the great achievements of companies and individuals who are striving to make a real difference in the world of fleet safety,” says Brake NZ Director Caroline Perry.

“Congratulations to all the award winners and highly commended entrants for their impressive work over the past year, its further proof that there is a lot happening in the fleet safety field.”

More information on the awards can be found at

Cutting carnage

An international road safety charity founded in the UK in 1995, Brake’s New Zealand division promotes road safety and campaigns against the carnage on New Zealand roads.

It is also fundraising to improve support for families bereaved and injured in road crashes.

Brake runs a not-for-profit global membership service for professionals working in the field of road safety.

Brake Professional is open to all professionals, but typically health and safety officers, fleet managers, risk managers, driver trainers, human resource professionals, vehicle managers, road safety officers (in commercial organisations and the public sector), police and emergency service workers.

Brake Professional provides online access to practical road safety management tools to improve road safety, and free and significantly discounted access to Brake events.