Since March 1st 2017, drivers caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel will face a six-point penalty and a £200 fine with no option of a remedial course. Also, recently qualified drivers will potentially have their license taken off them. For repeat offenders, they are looking at a £1,000 fine and a six-month driving ban. here are some reasons our Business Vehicle Tracking system can help stop Mobile Phone use
Health and Safety
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?
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.
Employers responsibility for their employees whilst out on the road is of no less importance to if they were working within the business premises. The Health and Safety Act has resulted in the Magistrates court been granted greater sentencing powers when dealing with breaches of health and safety practices. With the courts considering the seriousness of such offences through measuring how foreseeable the risk was, the ordinariness of the breach and the origins of the responsible party, in the search of evidence to question whether or not the business in question had purposely cut corners with regards to the safety of their staff.
Due to a rise in drink drive convictions the morning after, and misuse of drugs, companies are now taking measures to protect themselves against any liability or insurance costs. Statistics say that 17% of drink driving prosecutions are the morning after and are on the rise, currently the British limit is 80 milligrams, Scotland have now gone to consultation to lower the limit to 50 milligrams, which falls in line with the majority of Europe. The knock on effect will be a rise on drink driving convictions the morning after, 40% of people are estimated to have driven the morning after unaware they are still over the drink drive limit.
The benefits of in-vehicle technology has become increasing publicised over the last ten years, with road safety charity Brake, announcing a date for its latest seminar on the use of in-vehicle technology in order to improve driver safety. There are a number of benefits associated with in-vehicle technology, as it provides the fleet manager with invaluable data as to the whereabouts of drivers, vehicles and the journeys undertaken on a day to day basis, all of which can be used to assist in the prevention of road accidents and reduce vehicle related costs.
According to road safety charity Brake, 1 in 6 drivers would supposedly fail an eyesight test, although it is the choice of the individual themselves or indeed their employer to ensure their eyesight is satisfactory before allowing themselves to drive. New legislation is needed to make employees safer on Britain’s roads through the use of visionary testing, a recent survey carried out by Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has revealed. Of the 200 businesses approached, not one agreed that it would change the way in which they already practise.
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