Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) have revealed that there has been a significant increase in drink drive-related fatalities, rising to a median figure of 250 in 2017 – the highest level for ten years.

 

Safety first

Following a recent vote by MEPs, a host of new safety features affecting all commercial vehicles are expected to become mandatory across the EU from 2022. These will include the use of alcohol interlock systems in addition to other safety-enhancing technologies such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced driver distraction warning.

 

Advanced alcohol interlock technology

Connexas’ innovative, vehicle-tethered breathalyser, the CX-TAB, is capable of preventing the driver of any type of vehicle from starting the ignition if they are over the alcohol limit. The device will help fleet managers to prepare for tightening legislation.

 

Keeping track of data

Unlike standalone devices on the market, the CX-TAB is fully integrated with the vehicle telematics system, providing the fleet manager with a range of benefits including:

  • Instant alerts following any failed breath tests
  • Access to reports via an online platform
  • Detailed data as opposed to a simple ‘pass or fail’
  • Trend reporting and circumvention warnings

Using the alcohol interlock device alongside an integrated driver-facing camera system means fleet managers can see exactly who provided each breath sample, eliminating any potential opportunity to tamper with the sample.

 

The legal limit

The legal limit for drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath, and 22 microgrammes per 100ml in Scotland. Lower limits apply in many other European countries, including France, where the alcohol limit is 9 microgrammes per 100ml for bus and coach drivers.

 

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