Aon Risk Services, the retail brokerage and risk management unit of Aon, has developed a fleet safety certification for trucking companies.

SafeFleet Certification, developed by the company’s Trucking practice, is a performance-based safety certification that compares a fleet’s safety performance against averages for the US trucking industry.

Each trucking company’s safety performance is measured against the industry average in several safety benchmarks, including out-of-service violations; DOT crashes those involve injury, fatality or tow; crash-related injuries and fatalities; and injuries that result in lost workdays.

Fleets earn a Gold Certification if its safety performance is 35% better than the trucking-industry average, a Silver Certification if safety performance is 25% better, or Bronze Certification at 15% better.

David Mitchell, director of risk control and safety for Aon’s Trucking practice, said: Because only about 15% of trucking companies can meet our rigorous certification standards, trucking companies that do meet those standards should expect improved claims defense and reduced claims costs, favorable treatment from insurance and reinsurance underwriters, better driver retention, and increased sales to shippers.