USING TELEMATICS IN PROFESSIONAL VEHICLE FLEETS
A range of measures has been introduced to try and tackle this problem. Governments have updated legislation, clarifying the obligations of employers concerning the safety and well-being of their employees and ensuring that road safety is an integral part of this. Health and safety authorities have issued improved guidance for organisations, to help them abide by their legal responsibilities but also encouraging them to go beyond these requirements and be proactive in managing road safety for their workers.
Finally, organisations have taken up the mantle of road safety themselves. A plethora of road safety schemes, initiatives and programmes has been implemented with the aim of enhancing the safety of employees, but also reducing costs and improving efficiency. These include driver training, group discussions, incentives, publicity campaigns and improved management of road safety across the organisation.
Recently, there has been a growth in the use of invehicle data recorders, also known as telematics systems, to monitor and collect data on an individual’s driving. Some are used to capture data in the period immediately preceding a collision, but increasingly they are being used to continually monitor driving behaviour. The detailed data that is collected can then be used for a number of purposes, such as feedback sessions, future driver training, the calculation of incentives, and the identification of potential fleet-wide issues.