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ALD Automotive's proven specialism in telematics can provide many benefits for new and existing fleet users

With more than 10 years’ experience in providing telematics as part of its standard product offer ALD Automotive is in a unique position in the UK leasing market.

We have a proven and long-standing track record in helping businesses deploy and develop telemetry solutions on a day-to-day basis, helping them to cut costs and manage their fleet operation efficiently and in line with latest regulations.

It’s this specialism that has enabled us to stand out in the marketplace, offering a flexible and consultative approach and providing more holistic, best practice fleet management advice.

In speaking with customers, we’re regularly called upon to share our experience on whether businesses require a telematics solution to demonstrate their duty of care, or whether they may be inadvertently exposing themselves more by failing to act on any risks highlighted by telematics data, resulting in a fatality or serious accident. Such questions are, naturally, key concerns.

Based on the independent legal advice we’ve received, our view has always been that telematics deployment can only help to demonstrate a company’s duty of care to its drivers and the risks of ignoring its benefits far outweigh such potential concerns.

In reality, a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ policy would not necessarily reduce liability and may even result in the courts treating a customer more harshly. A fleet not using telematics might expect enforcement action to be taken against it more readily in the event of an incident, unless they have another effective means of providing information on their fleet, measured against a fleet which does.

Compared with 10 years ago, today’s solutions are much cheaper and easier to install and far less intrusive for drivers, key reasons which the Health & Safety Executive may factor in when reviewing a company’s fleet operations and any omissions that may have taken place.

Another issue we regularly hear of is the challenge of managing multiple systems, which has been driven by the rapid advances made in the telematics market in the last decade and the proliferation of different systems available.

Finding a system that enables fleets to compare and interpret different data streams simply and correctly is the goal for many fleets but, thankfully, that challenge has now been addressed in the latest version of ProFleet.

After more than 10 years in the making, ProFleet now offers fleets a single, intuitive online portal through which they can manage multiple telematics and journey data streams, with a single customisable dashboard to display aggregated data from various suppliers and devices.

This powerful technology, therefore, now gives fleets the flexibility, control and insight they need to achieve their goals, connecting them and their drivers through any device, anytime, anywhere in the world. The future of fleet management is in their hands today.

These are just some of the factors that businesses exploring the merits of telematics need to consider. Such issues also provide an example of why operators should make sure they choose the right telematics partner who can look at all aspects of the technology and its wider picture in the fleet marketplace to ensure fleets make the right decision for their business.

For more information email ukinfo@aldautomotive.com, call 0370 00 111 81 or visit www.aldautomotive.co.uk