Brake Fleet Champions Awards winners

In News4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 20, 2023

The winners of the 2023 Australasian Fleet Champions Awards have been announced.

The awards, run by road safety charity Brake and supported by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, acknowledge companies and individuals who have implemented successful initiatives, products or services to tackle fleet safety to reduce incidents involving at-work drivers and vehicles.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Auckland on Thursday 19 October. Individual awards were sponsored by Bridgestone, First Rescue, Fleetcoach, SG Fleet, Suzuki and Waka Kotahi.

The awards are held annually and are part of Brake’s Global Fleet Champions initiative, a global partnership campaign to prevent crashes and reduce pollution by vehicles used for work purposes.

As well as categories for organisations, two individual awards were presented to fleet professionals including the Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award, which was awarded to David Boyce, NZ Trucking Association.

The 2023 Fleet Champions Award winners are:

  • Company Driver Safety Award, sponsored by First Rescue
    Alexander Group
  • Fleet Safety Product Award
  • Road Safety in the Community Award, sponsored by Bridgestone
  • Safe Vehicles Award, sponsored by sgfleet
  • Sustainable Journeys Award, sponsored by Fleetcoach
    Queenstown Lakes District Council
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Suzuki
    Rod Alexander – Alexander Group
  • Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award, sponsored by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
    David Boyce – NZ Trucking Association

“We are delighted to see organisations working hard to help ensure their employees, contractors and other road users get home safely every day,” said Caroline Perry, Brake’s NZ director.

“The organisations represented at the awards are striving to make a real difference to fleet and road safety, and we hope their work and achievements inspire other organisations to implement measures to address their own risks too,” she said.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Senior Manager Road Safety, Fabian Marsh added, “Improving road safety and contributing to the reduction of emissions is something Waka Kotahi, as well as all businesses and organisations represented at these awards are committed to.

“Congratulations to David Boyce from NZ Trucking Association on receiving the Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award,” he said. “We acknowledge your commitment to improving the safety of at-work drivers, and all New Zealanders on our streets and roads.”

The New Zealand Trucking Association said: “We are thrilled to announce that CEO of the NZ Trucking Association, David Boyce is the recipient of the 2023 Australasian Fleet Safety Award for Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety. This award is for an exceptional individual who has demonstrated unwavering dedication to road safety, not only within their organisation but also throughout the broader community. David Boyce, is a truly deserving recipient. Since 2017, he has rolled up his sleeves and taken the wheel, championing the cause of road safety while spearheading the Road Safety Truck initiative. He has tirelessly delivered educational and engagement programmes, spreading awareness and knowledge far and wide. His commitment to promoting road and driver safety is palpable in every step he takes, making it a focal point in all his interactions.”

More information on the awards can be found at Details of how to enter the 2024 awards will be released in early 2024.