It is “vital” that fleet managers use the latest technology to ensure the highest levels of safety.
This is the opinion of Brake, the road safety charity, which believes the use of latest technology is the most important method of reducing collisions on Britain’s roads.
Fleets, and in particular, HGVs, are involved in an alarming number of collisions on the UK’s roads, with vulnerable road users usually the victims.
It is even more worrying when you consider the high proportion of collisions involving HGVs and other fleets, given their market share of vehicles on the road does not reflect such a high amount of collisions.
Technology is becoming more important in this context; London’s Vision Zero commitment, for example, is focusing on using the latest technology when designing HGVs to drive down serious injuries and deaths.
And Ross Moorlock, Business Development Director at Brake, believes this is crucial in the absence of automated vehicles.
He told Transport Britain: “Until automated vehicles are a reality, most crash causation involves driver error, at least in part, and often as a primary causation. It is therefore vitally important that fleet managers use the latest technology available to them, within their budget constraints, to monitor the behaviour of their drivers and take suitable action in response to it. Encouraging safe driver behaviour is essential to any road safety management policy.”
In terms of monitoring drivers to make sure their behaviours result in the safest driving practices, Brake advocate the increasing use of telematics to reduce the risk of deaths on our roads.
Ross added: “Any method of data collection that has a focus on consistency of measurement and auditing of collation methodology is important. Increasingly, this means utilising onboard electronic recording systems, often referred to as telematics.
“Telematics eliminates human errors when reporting information about what happens. Telematics also enables a huge amount of data to be collected relating to the road, vehicles (their standards and usage) and driver behaviours.
“This information can help fleet managers identify and address risky drivers and introduce evidence based interventions and training modules to improve operational safety.”