Health and safety becomes a key priority for installing telematics
Traditionally cost considerations have been a prime reason for opting for tracking and telematics technology. But this is fast changing, as research shows fleet drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a road accident as the average motorist, forcing businesses to also take health and safety on the road into consideration when choosing a solution.
'We have recently seen a shift in the reasons why businesses implement fleet management and telematics technology,' said Andrew Yeoman, MD of Trimble MRM in Europe. 'The benefits of using telematics data for driver safety have become very clear.
'Now with many organisations running 24 hour fleets, often meaning there are lone workers operating at night, the tracking and telematics technology can provide peace of mind as well as the usual benefits from such solutions.'
Trimble has a range of solutions that can help tell fleet managers how a vehicle is performing, when a driver breaks the speed limit and whether or not it is being driven in a way that could lead to an accident. These technologies can play a key role in helping firms comply with their duty of care to drivers.
'Companies rightly spend time and effort in ensuring health and safety in the office. The same standards can apply to workers out in the field,' said Mr Yeoman.
'Additional legislation such as the lone worker directive and Corporate Manslaughter Act has compelled fleet managers into taking further responsibility for their staff out on the roads.'