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Working time under spotlight

Vehicle tracking specialist Navman Wireless Business Solutions has launched the first fleet management tool designed specifically to help fleet managers comply with the demands of the Working Time Directive.

ClockWork monitors driver activity as well as vehicles, setting it apart from standard telematic solutions. It provides irrefutable proof of compliance in the event of any spot checks by VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) or the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). It also allows fleet managers to react instantly to stop any drivers from working longer than the stipulated limits.

Drivers are automatically prompted to update management on their status every time it changes.

Pop-up on-screen reminder messages, combined with a clear audio prompt, compel drivers to update head office with details on whether they are loading, waiting for a customer or travelling on a ferry, for example.

The system offers management up-to-the-minute reports on driver schedules – with clear warnings when a driver is entering the danger zone of non-compliance.

Tony Neill, vice-president Europe, Middle East and Africa at Navman Wireless Business Solutions, said: ‘The Working Time Directive is proving a major challenge for UK fleet managers. While everyone may support its core aim to improve driver safety, complying with the specifications in practice can be fraught with difficulty.’

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