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The Importance of Driver Assessment for Fleets

Posted by Tracy Seward

At the last count, it was estimated in the UK alone that the 200 largest fleets are responsible for an estimated half a million trucks, cars and vans on the road. With this staggering number in mind, it goes without saying that managing potential risks across their vehicles is a massive priority for fleet managers.

This becomes even more important when you factor in the estimation that over a quarter of all road traffic accidents on UK roads involve someone who is driving in a work-related capacity. While there are extensive guidance and legislation for fleet managers to ensure their health and safety policy considers road risk, it is essential that all the boxes are ticked when it comes to driver assessment.

In 2016, clients and consumers no longer judge a business based purely on their service offering. Increasingly, the way they operate and conduct themselves in the public eye has grown in importance and social responsibility is key – this entails everything from how well they treat employees to their environmental stance to their social media presence.

With many fleets operating on an international level now, fleet managers have started to think more and more progressively about driver risk assessment, implementing processes to ensure full visibility of the fleet network so that they can proactively tackle incidents and risks head-on wherever their drivers are.

When it comes to addressing these types of issues, having the right training and technology can play an important role at all stages – from improving in-vehicle technology and telematics systems to aiding in the evaluation of risk and authorisation of drivers via risk management systems.

Nothing highlights the importance of this more than statistics released by TfL’s Industrial HGV Taskforce last year. This report showed that over 1000 fixed penalty notices had been issued to dangerous and unsafe vehicles that weren’t compliant to TfL’s safety regulations. Off the back of this, the reputations of some major companies took a big hit and also sent a message out that the TfL would not tolerate unsafe fleet vehicles in the capital.

Having a complete overview of risks is key to the sustainability of any fleet, and this starts with the drivers themselves allowing you to build a strong level of trust with your core workforce. Our Driver Awareness course has been designed with these employees in mind and aims to make them more aware of their responsibilities when driving for work while also reinforcing safe driving behaviour. Our Driver Assessment+ tool has a self-authoring content management system which allows organisations to create compliance and risk assessment templates that aid in the evaluation of risk and authorisation of drivers via a well-designed risk management system.

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