Speeding is a major contributory factor in approximately a third of road fatalities. This has equated to around 600 deaths per year, between 2010 and 2019, on all road types.
HGVs are involved in 33% of accidents that result in 1 or more fatalities. This is not to say that the HGV driver is always at fault. But, as HGV’s only account for approximately 5% of miles driven, they are disproportionately represented.
If an HGV is involved, generally, the outcome is more severe, especially if excessive speed is a contributory factor.
Managing Speeding within your fleet
Contextual speeding is a solution available from Connexas that assists fleet managers and operators to monitor speeding within their fleet. It works by tracking the vehicle and picking up other contextual information around that vehicle. For example, the road type, speed limit, and location.
Management is alerted to speeding issues by scheduled report or alert e-mails. Large and small fleet operators have better visibility of transgressions, allowing for targeted, timely intervention.
Our solution also tells you additional information about the event. For example, a speeding event could show up on the system, but immediately afterward the driver has applied a harsh brake. This indicates that although they have broken the speed limit, they have recognised it quickly and adjusted their speed accordingly.
Customised parameters to suit your company needs are applied to the drivers’ performance score, and points attached for speed infringements. These points and incidents can be reviewed within the Verilocation platform, where you can run reports on your whole fleet, or on individuals.
Having extra information around the speeding event means fleet operators can manage their time more effectively when they need to have a discussion with their team. However, the safety of road users cannot be compromised. Therefore, we believe that contextual speeding technology can help transport and logistics companies take preventative action.
The Risks to Your Company from Speeding
Firstly, the greatest risk of speeding is compromising the safety of other road users. Even more so when you are in an HGV.
Drivers that are caught speeding draw attention from the authorities, effecting your OCRS and, possibly, your O License. Dangerous and erratic driving, along with your company logo, may cause reputational damage and loss of business. If habitual speeding is a problem within your company, you could quickly gather a bad image.
There are many causes of inappropriate speed. For example, inexperience, overconfidence, fatigue, time pressures, aggression, and inattention. As an employer, your duty of care to the public and your drivers, include, as far as reasonably practicable, monitoring the safety of your employees driving.
Using Contextual Speeding alerts is a demonstrable indication that you are fulfilling your duty of care.
The Risks to Your Drivers
An increase in speed reduces the time a driver and other road users have to react to unforeseen problems, especially in poor weather conditions. If a driver is involved in an incident whilst speeding, even if not at fault, the driver can be held responsible for the incident.
Speeding offences are dealt with severely by the DVSA and courts. Fines can be as much as 175% of your weekly wage plus 6 points on your license and possible disqualification for up to 56 days. Professional drivers in large vehicles can expect to be treated harshly because of the responsibility that their position demands.
In addition, the traffic commissioner can revoke a vocational entitlement, even on a first offence if deemed serious enough. There is also the risk of injury to the driver, including the loss of ability to earn a living and, if involved with a fatality, emotional damage.
Ultimately no-one should ever speed. Contextual speeding data and reports can help fleet managers reduce the risks and consequences of speeding for their company.
How your company could benefit from contextual speeding
In summary, here are the potential benefits your company could realise with contextual speeding:
- Improved safety of your drivers and other road users.
- Prevent accidents.
- Prevent costly insurance claims, compliance fines.
- Lower vehicle repair and maintenance costs.
- Protect your company reputation and brand image.
- Improve the driving style and safety of your fleet.
- Manage speeding offences more effectively, saving time and stress.
Contextual Speeding Reporting helps shine a light on a potential, hidden threats to your business. While simultaneously helping fleet managers assess whether there are just a few culprits, or a company-wide problem needs addressing.