Fleet op­er­a­tor con­cerns

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Re­port states a quar­ter of fleet man­agers don’t trust their driv­ers to be safe

AUS­TRALIAN FLEET MAN­AGERS are con­cerned about the safety of their driv­ers on the road, a new study in­di­cates.

Fleet and mo­bile as­set man­age­ment sys­tems provider Mix Telem­at­ics con­ducted a na­tion­wide sur­vey where it asked 200 fleet op­er­a­tors about the chal­lenges they ex­pect to face this year.

More than a quar­ter ( 26 per cent) of re­spon­dents in­di­cated they do not have con­fi­dence that their driv­ers are safe be­hind the wheel, with 33 per cent high­light­ing fa­tigue as their big­gest chal­lenge to en­sur­ing driver safety on the road.

“This is sig­nif­i­cant, as a study con­ducted by Mac­quarie Univer­sity last year found 80 per cent of truck driv­ers worked more than 50 hours a week, while 10 per cent did more than 80 hours each week,” Mix Telem­at­ics states.

“This alarm­ing statis­tic, cou­pled with the fact that the trans­port, postal and ware­hous­ing in­dus­try is ranked the se­cond most dan­ger­ous in­dus­try in Aus­tralia, strongly sug­gests that driver safety needs to be of high im­por­tance for fleet man­agers in 2018.”

More than 50 per cent of re­spon­dents placed high im­por­tance on re­duc­ing crashes amongst their driv­ers.

Up to 37 per cent said they were not con­cerned with sav­ing money, in­stead rat­ing driver safety (46 per cent) and cre­at­ing a cul­ture of driver safety ( 31 per cent) as top com­pli­ance pri­or­i­ties.

“Truck driv­ers are work­ing harder than ever un­der fi­nan­cial pres­sures with many push­ing them­selves to the lim­its to meet tight dead­lines and in­creas­ing work­loads, with cat­a­strophic out­comes,” Mix Telem­at­ics Aus­tralasian head of sales and mar­ket­ing Lara Chur­tonHughes says.

“The re­search in­di­cates more needs to be done to pro­tect driv­ers and other road users from the grow­ing threat that fa­tigue poses.

“Advances in telem­at­ics tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions now make it pos­si­ble to iden­tify and mon­i­tor driv­ers who are tired and dis­tracted and has been proven to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce fa­tigue re­lated in­ci­dents by ap­prox­i­mately 90 per cent and im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of a fleet.”

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