Fleet operators can now monitor and enforce mobile phone bans for the first time thanks to a pioneering innovation.
The new technology, developed by tracking service provider Crystal Ball can alert employers by email when a hands-free kit is being used while a vehicle is being driven.
Although technically the use of hands-free sets whilst driving is legal, drivers can be prosecuted under careless and dangerous driving laws if they drive poorly while distracted by a call – with companies also facing the risk of prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter Act or the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Crystal Ball managing director Raj Singh said: “Some companies have been proactive in banning hands-free kits for business-related calls, but until now this has been largely ineffective as they have not been able to monitor and enforce it.
“The new technology available through Crystal Ball means that employers can now be alerted when a hands-free kit or a hand–held phone is being used while the car is being driven and companies can then take appropriate disciplinary action.”