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North Yorks police focus on driver safety with new software

A 400-vehicle police fleet is using vehicle management software to monitor accident rates and improve standards among its drivers.

North Yorkshire police passes on information from its vehicle management software, provided by Car Fleet Control, to its driver training department.

Fleet manager Simon Binks said: 'Our approach is to log every incident involving our vehicles. We use the facilities as standard in our software but have had extra fields added to cover factors such as whether the vehicle involved was responding to an emergency when the blue lights were on.

'We download the information gathered and pass it on to our driver training department who use it to identify weaknesses such as situations or types of vehicles involved in accidents. We can then take remedial action.

Car Fleet Control believes the forthcoming report by the Work-related Road Safety Task Group will make fleets more aware of risk management issues and encourage more fleets to turn to hi-tech data recording systems.

Managing director Jason Francis said: 'The report is likely to state that the onus lies on fleets to prove they have taken reasonable measures to avoid accidents.

'For users of fleet software, much of the information they need to compile a proper risk management policy should already be to hand. For others, starting to use the software could provide the infrastructure they need to meet their new responsibilities.'

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