Partnership aimed at safety training for NY's small and mid-sized fleets

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During the annual Truck Safety and Education Symposium in Saratoga Springs, the Trucking Association of New York (TANY) and Together for Safer Roads (TSR) announced a partnership aimed at extending the FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program to TANY Members with an eye on small and mid-sized fleet operators and drivers. This collaboration builds on the success of the program in fostering safe and efficient fleet operations and represents a significant step towards enhancing safety cultures and achieving Vision Zero goals, according to a statement from the two organizations.

The FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program, TSR’s signature workforce development safety program, helps independent fleet operators develop their safety culture with expertise and best practices drawn from TSR’s diverse group of leading fleets and technology companies. The comprehensive FOCUS program is structured around three key pillars: Training and Development, Safety Leadership and Technology, and includes executive coaching, and before and after benchmarking.

Now, TSR, in collaboration with TANY, seeks to bring this training initiative to New York State’s fleet operators and drivers, addressing the unique challenges and needs of this segment of drivers experience.

Additional program highlights include:

  • Inclusive Training: The program is designed for independent, small, and mid-sized haulers, acknowledging the unique characteristics of these carriers
  • Beyond Compliance: Recognizing the time and resource constraints faced by independent, small, and mid-size fleets, the program goes beyond mere compliance, offering practical insights and expertise to establish premier fleet safety programs.
  • Saving Lives, Creating Change: With a focus on creating real and sustained changes, the program aims not only to enhance road safety but also to foster positive transformations within participating organizations.

"Small–to-mid-size fleets account for roughly 97% on the road," said Peter Goldwasser, executive director of Together for Safer Roads. "We are proud to partner with the Trucking Association of New York on this expansion of the FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training Program, reaffirming our commitment to saving lives and creating safer roads in New York State, while gaining valuable insights that can help continue to expand this program to fleets across the country."

"Safety is a top priority across the trucking industry, and FOCUS on Fleet Safety Training is part of an active effort to ensure New York drivers, roads, and communities are as protected as possible,” said Kendra Hems, president of TANY. “The program will provide drivers with the tools and training necessary for a career on the road, and allow for operators of every size to build a culture of safety that goes above and beyond compliance. We are thrilled to continue this work with Together for Safer Roads, and look forward to working with our members for a safer New York."

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TSR and TANY are in the process of identifying fleets to participate in this new FOCUS effort. Companies interested in participating or learning more are encouraged to reach out to Zach Miller ([email protected]).