I think most people want to believe traffic wardens are doing something wrong, like giving tickets minutes before they actually should, or lurking around a corner waiting for you to leave a vehicle. Well in a weird way, it turns out this could be true.
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With the onslaught of economic gloom we’ve had thrust upon us recently, it would be unthrifty of us to pay over the odds for any service or commodity that neither provided us with a return on investment or provided no benefit in some shape or form to us personally. Emotional shopping habits can lead us into craving things that we may not need but lust for nonetheless. More and more so, we are looking to tighten the purse strings and make the most of our money.
There is a common misconception that tracking systems are only for businesses with large fleets of vehicles, although this is in fact not the case. Whether you own a fleet of three or three hundred, tracking can benefit all types of businesses regardless of their size or industry. So what benefits can tracking provide your business?
Research data released at the end of last month by road safety charity Brake and British Cycling revealed that more than one in ten (13%) of cyclist collisions involve commercial vehicles. With one sixth (16%) of crashes between commercial vehicles and cyclists resulting in the cyclist being killed or seriously injured and up to one third of drivers suffer from psychological problems a year after the collision as a result, even in the case where physical injuries were minimal.
Last week our Headache of Britain’s Roads blog post revealed some interesting statistics regarding the increasing pothole crisis we face on UK roads. Over the last year, companies with a mobile fleet have paid out more than £215m on vehicle repairs as a result of potholes and poorly maintained road surfaces.
Cruise control systems are designed to accurately maintain a driver's desired set speed, without any intervention from the driver. This is considered to be cautious way of maintaining a steady speed, although few motorists are aware of the dangers of using cruise control whilst driving in the rain.
Over the last year, companies with a mobile fleet have paid out more than £215 million on vehicle repairs, caused by potholes and poorly maintained UK roads. Halfords recently revealed that 1.5 million vehicles per year suffer from steering and suspension damage as a result.
By law it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure their equipment is well maintained, in an efficient state of working order and in good repair. It is vital that all vehicles are maintained; to the level specified by the manufacturer and that they are mechanically in good condition. Employers often find it helpful to provide each of their drivers with a daily vehicle checklist, in order to ensure the vehicle is in sufficient repair before it goes out on the road. A daily check list acts as a reporting system for any faults or hazards regarding the state of the vehicle, which an employer has a legal obligation to address immediately and repair the vehicle in order to meet with the legal guidelines.
The installation of vehicle tracking devices within your fleet should be viewed as an investment into the future of your business, which will allow you to drive productivity and increase profitability. Yet when researching into vehicle tracking, there are a number of fleet management solutions you should look for from your provider.
After making the decision that vehicle tracking is for you, it is vital to ensure your workforce feel at ease with the introduction of the tracking devices into the business. It is important that employees understand the reasoning behind the change and that the system itself has been installed to benefit everyone within the organisation, as well as the incentives to them individually.
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