Grey fleets - a significant risk with unique challenges

A diverse and experienced panel talks about grey fleets: what they are, their safety and legal risks and why we should make them safe workplaces. 

About this seminar 

Road safety management of standard car fleets is generally well regulated and well understood. But this is not the case for grey fleets – vehicles used for work that are not owned by the driver’s employer. As more industries increase their use of grey fleets, concern about managing the safety risk from using grey fleets has also increased. 

Grey fleets are often a blind spot for organisations and workers, because it is not yet commonly understood who is legally responsible for their safety. As a result – and although WHS laws and other legislation apply to grey fleets – drivers and organisations employing them often do not fulfil their safety responsibilities. 

The National Road Safety Partnership Program committee partners have identified grey fleets as a significant risk with unique challenges and brought together 25 partners to collaborate on a guide to managing grey fleet safety risk, as well as researching the legal implications

In this panel discussion, three of the partners, together with legal and regulatory experts, share their insights and experiences with grey fleets. They discuss what grey fleets mean to their organisations, and individually the concerns that they have and issues you should consider if your organisation uses grey fleets. 

Who is this seminar for? 

This seminar is relevant for businesses that use grey fleet, managers and leaders, regulators and WHS professionals and representatives. 

About the presenters 

Associate Professor Tania Leiman, Dean of Law at Flinders University 

Tania is the Dean of Law at Flinders University, where she has taught tort law for many years. She has a background in private legal practice, including representing plaintiffs in motor vehicle personal injury litigation. 

Rachel Gunn, Health, Safety and Well-Being Systems Manager at Commonwealth Bank 

Rachel is the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Systems Manager for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Rachel’s role includes development and continuous improvement of the Group’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Management System globally. This includes Health, Safety and Wellbeing key risk initiatives, and implementation of the Group’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing strategy. 

Richard Schuster, Group Manager, Procurement, Fleet and Sustainability at Churches of Christ in Queensland 

Richard has broad ranging experience which includes fleet management, procurement, contract/supplier management, project consultancy and mechanical engineering gained in both the not-for-profit and telecommunications industries. He has over 28 years’ experience managing fleet, including leading large and complex fleet functions at a state and national level, encompassing fleets from 600 to 25,000 units. 

Lonnie Toia, National Health Safety and Environment Manager at Sanofi 

Lonnie Toia is the Australian National Health, Safety and Environment Manager for global pharmaceutical company Sanofi. Lonnie’s previous roles include Operations Manager at GrainCorp and Performance Rugby Manager at Queensland Rugby Union. 

Shane Stockill, Manager Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland 

Shane is a registered psychologist with tertiary qualifications in occupational health and safety and organisational psychology. Since 1999, Shane has worked across a number of strategic and operational roles at Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, within the Office of Industrial Relations. 

Facilitator: Dr Darren Wishart, National Road Safety Partnership Program 

Darren is a Principal Scientist at the Australian Road Research Board, in their Safe Systems team. He is a registered psychologist with over 15 years of road safety research experience and currently delivers the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP).  

Supporting information  

Document type
Video and audio