Case Study

I’ve worked in the industry for 30 plus years and the most welcome addition to the industry is Telematics and vehicle CCTV. I’ve worked in both Africa and Portugal and seen driving standards at their worst. The days of where drivers taking out non-liveried vehicles and behaving how they like, has gone. With the extensive use of ANPR and electronic information by the DVSA detection and enforcement agencies, it’s getting better. It’s vital as operators that you catch on and protect yourselves and your fleets. You can’t manage what you don’t know.

In my experience, drivers are taught how to pass a test not to become expert drivers overnight, the examiner usually says now you’ll begin to learn to drive. If your drivers have never had any other formal assessment or training, how do you know what their style of driving is? How safe and efficient they are? Experience tells us if you don’t constantly want to improve driver efficiencies you’ll never succeed.

Statistics show that the latest generation of drivers will be the best, due to their habitual behaviours and these behaviours will be embedded for life due to the introduction of Telematic systems and vehicle CCTV.

Most people think Telematics are just for efficient driving but efficient driving is a product of driving style changes and is a bonus. I like to use driver pride and league tables as drivers become competitive and once implemented it will manage itself as the drivers don’t want to be viewed as the worst in their peer group. I like to say to drivers, “it’s your CV, make it a good one”!

The result is less wear and tear on your vehicle, less downtime and maintenance costs due to your vehicles that have and are being managed properly with Telematics.

It gives the ability to asset track and maintains control of your fleet. I have personal experience of this as a driver development specialist, and the tools that are available are fantastic when properly managed and controlled with the buy in from all elements of your business.

Studies show that accidents can be reduced, fuel can be saved and social and corporate responsibility can be addressed with the inclusion of vehicle CCTV.

Due to my involvements with insurance issues, especially fraud, commercial vehicle insurance assessors are interested in video footage from vehicle incidents, to save their clients any unnecessary liabilities and costs and ultimately stop them being a victim of insurance fraud. Any reductions in your insurance premiums at today’s prices would be a major gain to your budgets.

Yes, there is an initial outlay of capital for purchase and installation, but in my professional opinion is well worth the money and will pay you back countless times, by lowering insurance costs, accidents and making your drivers ultimately safer on the roads.

Jon Aspden RoSPA (Dip) CMILT

Transaid Ambassador and Technical overseas volunteer
Driver Development Specialist

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