Driving is one of the most dangerous work-place activities. The impact of a fatal or serious road crash involving a fleet vehicle upon an organisation, employees and the victims cannot be understated; and mismanagement of the aftermath by an organisation can cause a huge amount of trauma and damage to victims, employees and the organisation itself. It is crucial that employers are aware of the need to respond to these incidents in an effective, timely and compassionate manner – and crisis management is a means of doing so.
By 2040, the UK government plans to end the sale of all new, conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans. This is part of the UK government’s ambition to improve air quality. There is evidence that long-term exposure to air pollution reduces life expectancy by increasing deaths from lung, heart and circulatory conditions1. Possible links to diabetes, cognitive decline and dementia have also been found2.
As one of the world's leading telematics providers with more than two decades-worth of experience, MiX Telematics has a wealth of global telematics intelligence at its disposal. Now, to help its customers determine the most beneficial ways in which to use MiX Fleet Manager, the company has used its knowledge to compile a list of the top ten KPIs every fleet manager should track.
The vehicle and safety monitoring skills of MiX Telematics' have been enlisted by ADAC, (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), organisers of the International Truck Grand-Prix which takes place at the Nürburgring, Germany, 30 June - 2 July 2017. At the event, MiX Telematics will provide a full telematics service covering top speed monitoring and infringement reports for the judges and real-time onboard alerts for driver warning them when their vehicles approach their maximum permitted speed of 160 kilometres per hour.
Caerphilly-based DS Smith Recycling, Europe's largest paper and cardboard recycler and provider of a full range of waste management and recycling services, has turned to MiX Telematics in order to further improve the efficiency of its fleet.
While DS Smith was already operating to a high standard due to its existing driver and vehicle monitoring programme, its relationship with MiX Telematics has resulted in significant additional benefits achieved. These have been gained partly through the introduction of MiX Telematics' RIBAS system (see Editor's note) and partly as a result of the dedicated MiX Telematics consultancy service being supplied to DS Smith.
Many fleets across Europe consist of company cars, which double up as private vehicles for employees after hours. Or, employees use their own cars for work purposes and claim back for business miles travelled. Which is all fine and well, except where tax regulations are concerned.
These regulations are quite complicated. In a nutshell, businesses need to prove to their local tax authorities that they are applying due diligence when recording mileage. More specifically, they need to show that they are accurately able to distinguish between business and personal miles driven. Normally, this would be an administrative nightmare!
We’ve established by now that driver behaviour is intrinsically linked to a fleet’s performance – from both an efficiency and safety point of view. It goes without saying, then, that improving driver behaviour is vitally important to the successful and profitable running of a fleet.
MiX Telematics has worked with hundreds of customers – and continues to do so –and it’s through experiences with them that we’ve seen how well driver coaching initiatives work to achieve results.
Using driver identification has become an important part of benchmarking and improving driver behaviour. Because only when a fleet manager is aware of who’s behind the wheel, they are able to formulate personalised training plans and start the process of driver behaviour transformation.
As a fleet operator, the motives are clear. Business is business, and turnover is king. Right? But what about driver safety? Human life matters – a lot. Pushed to choose between the two goals, it would be a tough call to make.
But what if there were a way to address both the efficiency and safety aspects of managing your fleet? A small, unobtrusive tool that could integrate into a fleet management solution; even better, one that could switch between personal and business mileage?
MiX Telematics, a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), is excited to announce an extension to its industry leading in-cab video solution, MiX Vision. The addition of two more cameras, which can be mounted externally, allows customers to monitor and record activity happening around the vehicle for improved driver safety and visual evidence, should it be required.
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