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Digital Solutions For Road Safety

By Appiah Sackey

Road safety is an ongoing concern for all road users, from drivers to passengers, and from the owners of transport fleets to business people who rely on those fleets to carry their goods from place to place. Many factors come into play to ensure road safety: from the training of drivers, the use of speed limit enforcement cameras to specific laws and regulations. It is not possible to isolate any of these factors as more important than they others: they all work in combination with each other.

In the UK, for example, the EU drivers’ hours rules apply: these rules set maximum limits on driving time and minimum limits for break and rest periods for most drivers of large commercial vehicles. Basically, they apply to drivers of goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and drivers of passenger vehicles with 10 seats or more (although there are a number of exemptions including one for regular passenger services on routes not exceeding 50km).

As a supplement to EU drivers’ hours rules, the Road Transport Directive and Driver’s Hours Laws require strict “working time” limits for mobile workers (drivers obviously): they must not exceed an average 48 hour week (normally calculated over a 4 month reference period); or 60 hours in any single week; or 10 hours in any 24 hour period, if working at night.

A crucial piece of the mosaic of factors to ensure compliance with regulations is the use of digital and other safety equipment. This is where Tachodisc products come in useful. These products are specifically made to serve the transport business. There are products to regulate how drivers are operating within the limits of safety guidelines: for example, to ensure that they take adequate rest, keep within speed limits, and ensure compliance to regulations.

For managers and staff involved in fleet management, there are many solutions available. Among these are the following Tachodisc products:

1. The Digi-fob: for logging daily rest, measuring periods of activity and inactivity, and weekly rest and driving limit infringements, etc.

2. The Driver’s Hours Guard: this is a hand-held device to view information on driver cards. You are able to see your last activity and last daily rest; total driving time for the day, week or month; total other work recorded for the day; break information to comply with driver’s hours regulations; and other measurements.

3. The Clock Watcher: this is described as an easy to install software package that enables you to carry out your own user analysis in a user friendly manner. It enables you to monitor compliance to the Driver’s Hours Laws; to flag up infringement information so that this can be addressed quickly; and provides information on break and daily rest infringements, as well as weekly rest and weekly drive limit infringements.

These equipment and solutions for the transport business can enable a fleet manager to quickly study patterns in the performance and operations of their staff and to address any problems that they identify. So pick the solution that is appropriate for your business or situation. No only will you be making a good investment for the efficiency of your business and welfare of your drivers; you will be making a contribution to road safety for all.

Tachodisc are a UK company who specialise in tachograph related products and provide tachograph analysis software and services.

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