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Telematics: Plea to improve fleet data quality

Fleet managers are being urged to improve the quality of their fleet safety data in order to draw effective lessons from benchmarking their levels of work-related road safety against other companies.

New research undertaken over the past three years concludes that despite the huge potential for benchmarking to help managers effectively monitor, improve and evaluate work-related road safety, poor and incomparable data has been a recurring barrier in almost every benchmarking project to date.

The research report, Work-related Road Safety Benchmarking, was produced by Interactive Driving Systems, Brake and BT and funded by fleet insurer Zurich.

It has been launched as part of a fleet safety benchmarking project, which aims to overcome the barriers of poor-quality data by helping fleet managers improve their data and providing an easily-accessible online analysis tool.

Some 225 fleet managers, representing more than 200,000 vehicles, have already registered for the project, which is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT)and run by the Fleet Safety Forum, a division of road safety charity Brake, in partnership with risk management specialist Interactive Driving Systems.

The 22-page report summarises the background, content and next steps for the work-related road safety benchmarking project, which aims to provide a useful, long term and sustainable fleet program for the UK – to allow meaningful comparisons of management processes, collision rates and costs to identify areas for improvement at the organisational and policy levels.

It includes an outline of:

  • Work-related road safety benchmarking
  • Previous fleet safety benchmarking projects
  • Interactive Driving Systems, Brake and BT Benchmarking Group
  • Insurance-led benchmarking
  • Department for Transport benchmarking project

    Free electronic copies of the report are available on the website www.fleetsafetybenchmarking.net.

    (Click on the ‘non-members’ button and the report is downloadable from the right hand side)

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