The essence of fleet management is getting supplies safely and efficiently from one location to another. Logistics is a complex business, which is why companies the world over rely on the expertise of specialists to save on operational costs and prevent damage to their goods or late delivery. For fleet management companies to achieve this, they must at all times pay careful attention to the way their operation avoids collisions.
Running an operation with dozens or even hundreds of vehicles demands a concise maintenance plan. At no stage can any vehicle be permitted to forgo its maintenance checks when the time comes, or the consequences can be dire. Vehicle failures due to poor maintenance will almost guarantee a late delivery and an unhappy client, and this can be the best case scenario. Accidents involving large vehicles like trucks can devastate infrastructure and even cost lives, either of which could spell the end of your business to boot.
South Africa’s infrastructure ranks in the bottom 3rd of the world according to Statista’s research, published here. This places it on par with Kuwait, Mexico and Thailand and below Kenya and Namibia. An awkward position for Africa’s largest economy. The challenge for fleet management operations in the country is not a small one. Poor infrastructure can damage your vehicles or, in under 10% of cases, actually be the cause of the accident which destroys your truck. This is one of the many reasons why so much emphasis is placed on driver training.
In France, there has been a program to increase the involvement of private companies in road safety related to their use of vehicles. Agreements have been drawn up between government, insurance companies, the national occupational health fund and volunteer companies. The programs focus on motivating companies to undertake road safety programs by increasing the knowledge of the cost of road crashes to the company and by decreasing workers compensation and vehicle insurance premiums if programs are implemented.
In the United Kingdom, various measures have been implemented to improve road safety within organisations. They include driver training programs, incentive schemes, penalties, accident reviews, driver monitoring systems and driver feedback procedures. TSI Central Station utilises an array of techniques based both on advanced training and technology to ensure road safety precautions are maximised.