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Telematics: Ground-breaking new scheme

NORWICH Union has launched a ground-breaking scheme for fleets of 25 plus vans in which telematics systems are fitted free and insurance premiums are fixed for two years.

The scheme, called Fleetwise Care, will enable fleets to obtain comprehensive duty of care reports, providing information about driver behaviour, journey times, types and mileage covered and claims information.

The information will help fleet operators to identify where the potential risks are in their fleet, review individuals’ driving performance and develop ways of improving overall risk management to enable them to comply with their duty of care responsibility, thus keeping vehicles on the road and their drivers safe.

Mark Hynes, director of trading at Norwich Union, said: ‘Regardless of how well fleet managers think they know their drivers, they can’t be everywhere at once.

‘And with almost a third of UK road deaths involving company car and van drivers, they clearly need to know what their drivers are doing behind the wheel.

‘Businesses have a duty of care responsibility under the law to protect others from harm, which includes managing the safety and welfare of their drivers. The duty of care reports will give the fleet operator a window on this previously ‘unknown’ information, leading to a meaningful conversation with their drivers where specific instances have been pinpointed based on information provided.’

Alongside the telematics devices – installed and maintained free – and the duty of care reporting, Fleetwise Care provides risk management advice from Norwich Union.

This involves dedicated risk advisers working both on-site and via telephone to help companies minimise potential problems. In addition, fleet managers can use Norwich Union’s online Roadsense risk management tool kit, which gives expertise and guidance and a range of usable documents aimed at the three key risk management areas of the driver, vehicle and journey.

  • For further details, email fleetwisecare@norwich-union.co.uk
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