There are more than four million vans on the UK’s roads. Year-on-year van traffic grew again in 2016 by 3.4 per cent – but fleets are coming under increasing cost pressure, not least from insurance premium increases.
Several factors are pushing these costs up with new taxes, inflationary pressures, fraud and rising repair costs all contributing.
So what can fleet operators do to counter these pressures? They can take matters into their own hands to reduce risk. By working towards minimising accidents and blameworthy events, companies can take back control.
Snapshot of Now
It’s obvious from recent SMMT figures that many fleets are still not doing all they can. Of the 10,800 roadside van checks carried out each year, nearly 90 per cent were shown to be overloaded and almost two-thirds had serious mechanical defects.
If these figures are accurate and representative, then some two and a half million vehicles are driving around with defects right now.
Role Of Technology
Technology plays a critical role in minimising road risk. It enables low touch management of all sorts of driving behaviours, including contextual speed monitoring, incident investigation and vehicle checks.
Too often, driving is seen as secondary and not part of the core job. A cultural shift is required, so that fleets can begin to realise tangible benefits stemming from a reduction of risk, including safer roads, fewer costs and greater professionalism.
There is a high insurance impact of running a fleet. Everyone is concerned about their rising premium and they want to keep that down, but lots of businesses don’t necessarily equate this to the number of blameworthy events their fleet is involved with each year.
The True Cost
So what’s the true cost of an on-road incident? It’s not just the insurance premium and the excess; it’s time off the roads, it’s personal injury claims and it’s negative publicity for the company.
Using technology, businesses can control their on road risk and keep everyone safe. Through driver scorecards, simple speed monitoring and daily vehicle inspection reports, companies can be far more effective in improving safety and limiting costs and negative impacts.
The benefit is that as a business you’ll improve your reputation, eliminate dangerous driving, reduce vehicle downtime and make savings through improved maintenance programmes.
Turning a blind eye is no-longer an option, nor is choosing not to intervene when the capability is there to reduce risk, improve safety, effectiveness and productivity.
Is it time you considered what the latest technology can do for you?