By Trent Dressen, Director of Sales, SuperVision
“There’s an app for that” has become a common catchphrase that pretty much sums up today’s reliance on and easy access to technology. The fleet industry has become a beneficiary of this technological boom with the ability to access all types of data related to vehicles, location drivers and more.
Aside from the convenience of these customized technology solutions, which help make the fleet manager’s job easier, is the added safety that goes along with many of today’s digital products.
Among these is a powerful tool that every fleet has at its disposal to pinpoint the riskiest drivers in the fleet and act before a crash or a fatality occurs: continuous driver monitoring.
In addition to lightening workloads and increasing efficiency, the valuable, timely information provided by this service promotes a safer environment and conditions not only for the fleet, but also for the rest of the public they share the road with.
More of What You Want, Less of What You Don’t
The challenge many fleet managers usually have with technology is that while these systems capture valuable data, it can be overwhelming to sift through all of it.
One way to avoid getting overloaded with too much data is to make sure that you are collecting the data you need. Determine what is important for your operation and use key performance indicators to manage the fleet.
If safety is the main priority, monitor those activities that are both directly and indirectly tied to the safety of drivers and the vehicles they operate.
Because continuous MVR services are web-based, it makes monitoring drivers’ risk profiles related to their licenses almost effortless by comparison to the once-yearly MVR check — often paper reports — of the entire fleet regardless of the driver’s violation status.
Instead, when using a continuous MVR service, fleet managers typically receive as-they-occur alerts about violations, suspensions, or revocations. Some services also alert fleet managers about non-moving violation-related suspensions, such as unpaid child support or unpaid parking tickets.
While some may consider these automated, continuous services a bit too invasive, as the fleet manager it is your responsibility to demonstrate that you have taken all the appropriate measures to protect not only the drivers and vehicles of the company, but also its reputation and bottom line.
If the last time you ran a background and MVR check on a driver (as well as the condition and safety of his or her vehicle) was nearly a year ago, you leave the fleet open to liability. However, demonstrating that the fleet and the company is ensuring that its drivers are safe, will help defend against any question of negligent entrustment.
Learn more about continuous driver license monitoring in Risky Drivers: How to Spot the Red Flags